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Re:[teacherartexchange] teachers as artists: Bravo Carol!


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2006 - 19:35:25 PDT

Good for you Carol. I agree with you completely. Very well said.

>     I am an art teacher.  I am not an artist, but I think I am a far better
> teacher than a couple of "real" artists that I took classes from in my
> undergraduate days and from some that I have observed teaching.  I paint in
> watercolor
> and oils, did pretty well in a portrait class with Daniel Green (a great
> artist/teacher), and I feel that I could be a fairly competent artist if I
> wanted
> to be, but obviously I don't.
>     Some of us are more interested in collecting and learning about different
> cultures and mastering new techniques. I think we make a valid contribution
> to art education.  Do art historians need to be practicing artists?  There
> are
> many art historians who are good or even great art teachers.  Does it make
> sense to say that sculptors need to master oil painting, or metal sculptors
> need
> to master stonecutting?  It makes no more sense to me to say that we should
> all be practicing artists because art education encompasses far too much.
>       Most of the art we recognize in history was not created as "art" but as
> a means to record information, tell a story, record an image for posterity,
> worship a deity, act as a computer or calendar, or provide some utilitarian
> function.  Art can be mathematics, architecture, engineering, philosophy,
> history, journalism, medicine entertainment, the list is endless.  Art has
> been all
> of those things and I doubt that all of the artists thought of themselves as
> such.
>     For those of you who are practicing artists, you have much to share but
> be careful that you do not exclude those who do not share your vision.  Art
> like a well cut diamond has many facets, and you may be just seeing one.
> Carol
> Clio, SC
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