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The city's art center where I plan to soon teach a monoprint class(all my
own equipment, including 20 x 30 Sturgis press) is charging artists over
$100 for teaching, plus takes 25% of the fees, and now is wondering if the
artists should supply all the consumables, to keep costs down for the
(adult) students. After all, the artists are "making good money" for "only
working 2 hours'" class time! So this subsidizing issue is kind of the same
old thing I need to learn to be more assertive about before I get into a
regular classroom situation, where, with little job security, I'll be in a
prime situation for being taken advantage of.
Some of you would have enjoyed the discussion with the school principal on
the art center board who disagreed strongly with me over whether a one-day
workshop to learn how a camera works is "artistic enough" to be taught at
the center. She didn't think so. She said if we started teaching stuff like
that we might as well teach cooking. I tried to explain that part of
learning to make art is mechanics. I got out-voted. Only "artistic"
photography classes, (special effects, "like-using mirrors") will be taught.
I decided to take the discussion as an "introduction to dealing with
principals about art". I DO appreciate her efforts to help us have an art
Since it was mentioned, I watched my "Mystery of Picasso" video last night,
and it IS the one where he draws on the back of paper with markers, then
they also stop-action film the process of his paintings, which I find even
more interesting. Partly in B&W partly in color.
Thanks again, Betty