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Re: Teacher-Artist or Art teacher?


From: Curt James (curt_james_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 11:04:03 PST

Jane in Brooklyn wrote:



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
creating art.

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.

Did you get much snow in Brooklyn?

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