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Re: Art Teachers/Artists

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Melissasmi_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Feb 10 2002 - 11:11:49 PST


I understand what Karen meant by wondering about the choice of teaching art
versus making art to earn one's livelihood. I consider myself an artist
before an art teacher. Even though it seems few non-teachers believe this
anymore, I still believe teaching is a noble, honorable way to earn a living.
 It is a calling. It is a hard, hard job. It has both heartache/headache as
well as pure joy. But.....if I was given the choice right now to be able to
earn my current salary (and health insurance) teaching art or working in my
studio making art, what would I choose? Making art. Is that a reality? No.
 So I am thankful for a job that deals with the subject I love. And for
summers where I can make art all day long.

I find some comfort knowing that many "successful" artists did not really put
their full-time effort into their work (art) until their more mature years.
Since I am 43 with one more child to get through college (the next four
years), I figure I still have some time.

Even before I was a teacher I bristled at the Woody Allen quote: "Those who
can't do, teach; and those who can't teach, teach gym." I'd like to see him
teach anything in my school. Melissa

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