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Lesson Plans


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Mary Tapia (
Tue, 13 Feb 96 07:32:55 CST

Right on, Scott!

>I have seen this argument made repeatedly -- that artists are the best
>teachers of art. I'm not certain this is as true as it seems. The ability
>to explain, guide, nurture, and critique the works of students is not the
>same skill as being able to imagine and create. Many artists (and this is
>actually too bad) haven't the faintest idea how to explain what they do --
>they just do it, and perhaps do it brilliantly. To equate the creative and
>the teaching mind, however, is a fallacy -- and very often, I would rather
>be taught by a teacher with the skills of a teacher and an aesthetic eye
>than be taught by an artist with the skills of an artist but the inability
>to explain. "Those who do, do and those who can't, teach" is one of the
>most offensive phrases abroad in the world today, and the insistence that
>artists should be the only ones who teach art is part of that unfounded
>Scott Walters
>College of Fine Arts
>Illinois State University
>Normal IL 61790