It brings up another question
we all grapple with. If you could make a
pie chart, how much of the chart would be filled in
"Artist" and how much would be
filled in for "Art Teacher?"
I'm currently in a long-term substitute
position as a middle school art teacher
because I share the same philosophy as
their full-time teacher.
The students and teaching are more
important to me than being a gallery artist
or making a living as an artist.
I do have artistic talent (I make
exemplars of all the projects so the
students know what can be done with
the various media), but I gravitated
towards education as a career because of
some negative experiences as a student.
If I had wanted to be a working artist,
I would've found a different line of
work - something that required no planning
time or mental involvement - so that I
could put all my heart and soul into
This is relative, isn't it? Teacher-Artist
versus Art teacher. Define each and you'll
find much overlap and varying degrees of
involvement. I believe it's a very "gray"
area, but an interesting question.