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Yes, it is possible to be an artist and an art teacher, but
there are some trade-offs and reality checks. If your artform
requires a foundry or elaborate university print-making lab, it's going to be a
lot harder to keep doing that art in the home studio.
Often my art has been defined by the available studio space; from the
kitchen table to covered patio out back.
In the struggle to be an arts educator and still be an artist, one
needs to decide what is really important about doing art. Is it the
process? Is it the joy of the finished work which captures your
intent? Is it the exhibitions, openings and gatherings of your
friends? Is it the possible sales of work? Is it the possibility of
being famous? While all of these are reasons to do art, some become
much harder to accomplish in the face of a dedicated teaching career.
Ironically, after years of struggling to make a living doing my art,
I found artistic freedom by being employed as a teacher! When I did
commissions for a living, I had to care that the colors matched
someone's decor and that my imagery was acceptable! Now that I have
my day job ;-) I make art that speaks my soul. It doesn't matter
if it sells!
Yes, Anne, there is still artistic life during teaching!