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ejb35_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 15:25:15 PST


I wonder about family jealousy and woman guilt. How many male art
teachers don't have time for their own creative work if they want to
do it? How many women. The respondants to the question seem to be
mainly women. It makes me sad that 30 years after having my child the
dilemma for many women is the same. I also have taught adult women
for the same 30 years and have to listen to stories about them
getting up at 3 in the morning to complete an art assignment that
they love to do but can't find time when family members have needs to
meet. Makes you believe in Freud's theories on women's "natural"
masochism! I have also heard many stories about family jealousy.
Everything from a woman in tears saying she couldn't stay in the
course because her husband wasn't getting a hot meal on that night
and he was angry about it. Also it has been a common complaint that
when adult women students were doing something for themselves during
family time they felt guilty or "the kids just start making demands
as soon as I sit down to work on a project." So, all you male art
teachers out there, do you think it is easier or more acceptable in
our society for you to have personal time to do your art, or do you
think your problems are the same as female art teachers' in finding
time? Well, I had the problem of finding time, even after my son was
grown and gone so I made a commitment to my artsy craftsy friends
that one night a week, or now every two weeks, I would open the house
on Wednesday night, have a pot of soup on and some bread. This open
house resulted in what came to be known as ArtClub, and my famous
artist son and his friends appropriated the title for their
international art careers which still go on (see Artclub 2000 at
Google.com)They just thought it was so funny and quaint. I just spent
two weekends with artclub here in Brooklyn making valentines, and
some of us are going to take a one-day class together at the Center
for Book Arts. As they say in the ads (and others have probably said
this to our listserv) Just Do It! If your family complains, quote
Freud and then say he was waaaaay off. You ain't no masochist. Gotta
have art. Gotta do art. Woody and others came to my house last year
to make those blessed angels during the NYC NAEA meeting and it was
just splendid fun. Start a quaint artclub of your own. Make chili or
soup. Leave the door off the latch (can't do that in Brooklyn...) and
see who drifts in. Anyone visiting NY should come on over. Jane in
Brooklyn

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