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Who is an artist?

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Derek Parsons (
Tue, 06 Feb 1996 19:04:46 -0800

I have been reading some of the messages about who do we think
artists are. I find that I do not like to be called an artist as much as
I like being called creative. When I started teaching art this year I
needed to find out what I thought art was to me and what I was going to
tell my students it was. After countless arguments with myself I thought
about what a couple of my teachers said, "I don't draw well" or "...I
don't like do art I'm not very good at it". This troubled me because I
saw my students as people who would soon be like my other teacher, adults
in a world of work and sacrafice. And It was then that I decided to teach
my children to be creative and to enjoy art. Not to worry so much with
the concepts of "Art" and "Artist, although I teach a stricked program of
I want them to know what they are doing and to enjoy doing it.
Maybe it is my teaching that can get some of these children who would
never think about art after they don't need to take a class in it to
fafill a requirement for an education from an institution, but to alow
art to blend into their everyday life. I want for these kids to want to
draw because it is more fun than watching TV and not because they are
good at it.
I work my hardest for my kids. I push the unpushable and help the
unhelpable in the hopes that what I do means something. I just wonder if
we are putting too much of our day to day lives into a childs that sould
be filled with wonderment and surprise. I think that most of us wish we
could be young again or at least feel young again. These children are and
we need to let them be that way.

Derek Parsons
Belle View

" is known that willing, as it appears in the soul, is young, while
thinking is old; that in fact thinking is willing grown old, and willing
is a youghful thinking in the soul." - Rudolf Stiener