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Re: artist / teacher


From: Kathleen Shilson (kshilson_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Feb 12 2002 - 21:17:18 PST

Yes, to be an art teacher takes being an artist- the kids can spot a phony a
mile away..the only thing sometimes is some students will use a cop-out by
saying they can't do a project because you (the art teacher) are a artist
and I'm not (the student). They sometimes miss the concept you are trying to
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From: "Pam Wellington" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 5:43 AM
Subject: artist / teacher

> This thread has been very interesting to read. I am astonished by some of
> the replies. I have been an artist for over 25 years. I have been a
> teacher of art for 7. I teach high school art. If I was not a dedicated
> artist in my own right, they would eat me alive. If I could not draw and
> paint and sculpt well, they would know it in a heartbeat, and I would
> immediately lose their respect. Aren't we all the same? Can't we smell a
> phony who is trying to teach us what they know without the personal
> experience to give what they are saying any credibility?
> I think what is wrong (one of the things, and one of the major things)
> with art education is it is being taught by too many non-artists who only
> know art on a superficial intellectual level, instead of a hands on,
> personal level. HOw can you teach what you cannot do? IT plays right
> the cliche of what the world says about teachers: those who can't do
> I recieved me MFA in painting at Maryland Institute. Dr. Karen Carroll,
> is an international speaker and expert on art education, built a masters
> program for art educators, where art teachers could persue their MFA,
> every summer for 4 years to studio art, and recieve their MFA, with their
> being art teachers only incidental. She has committed her work to
> a large bank of art educators who are committed to their personal art
> making, in order to improve the quality and level of art education
> nation-wide. If I offend anyone with this opinion, forgive me, but it is
> meant to get those of you who do not make art a reason to pursue it in
> to improve your teaching. I have known many art teachers from both camps,
> and without exception, the committed artists were the best art teachers,
> comparison.
> Pam Wellington
> Boiling Springs High School.
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