Can't help but jump into this one. I believe that art teachers are art
educators. An art educator is someone who represents the entire discipline of
art, not just art studio. In fact, art education is itself its own discipline.
I believe that art educators are not just artists who teach. Rather they are
educators who have a passion for the subject matter of art and are
professionals who can help their students learn about all aspects of art. An
art educator is greater than the collective sum of all the parts of the
discipline of art. They are a unique professional.
So let us all rise above the artist teacher debate and assume a greater paradigm
for who we are.
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
Quoting Woody Duncan <email@example.com>:
> First of all, "please" don't resend the entire digest when you wish
> to comment on a single topic.
> On Jul 14, 2006, at 10:03 AM, Maureen wrote:
> > More and more high school principals in Salt Lake are only hiring art
> > teachers that maintain their own work out/inside of the classroom
> > and that
> > exhibit their work. I do agree that teaching itself is an art form
> > and,
> > believe me, teachers are my heroes because they are capable of so
> > much.
> I'm an advocate of art teachers being artist , but I would not wish to
> preclude those who do not work at and exhibit their art from teaching
> art, especially at the elementary level. I've know many good art
> teachers who did not pursue their own art.
> > Of course, teachers in any subject, including art, need to be able to
> > create classrooms that work for all if not most of the students.
> NCLB requires us to reach "all" students.
> > As far as
> > artist-teachers painting or drawing on student work, that is a
> > discourse
> > that has gone back many hundred years.
> I had a great watercolor workshop instructor who did his critiques by
> painting on students work. I politely explained that as an old art
> teacher I preferred that he not touch my paintings. He respected
> my request.
> > Art classes should be preparing students to enter fields that benefit
> > from strong art backgrounds, which are innumerable by the way.
> Most of our students will never go into art as a profession. We need
> to teach
> all students to appreciate and understand art. Don't neglect the
> serious ones
> but teaching art should be with a very broad brush.
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