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Re: art school and how we become art teachers (Linda)


From: artappeal (artappeal_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 30 2003 - 16:00:32 PST

I think you took a great route, the scenic route! Without your life
experiences, you may not have appreciated how great teaching is.


----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Alexander
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: art school and how we become art teachers (Linda)

Your initiation into the art world and art ed world makes for an inspiring
story. Mine was quite different....I was one who everyone felt had great
potential, but my lack of discipline was and is a stumbling point. I went to
art school (Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA in the 70's,
non-accredited at the time). My mom, an uncle, and numerous family friends,
all teachers, suggested I should become a teacher too, but I resisted. I
felt I was an artist destined to be the topic of one of those big coffee
table art books, not a teacher trapped in a classroom. So I attemped to
balance an art career while I struggled through a number of unrelated
employment careers until I reached a dead end at about the same time I
reached my 40's. I was under-employed at the time and my art career wasn't
'booming' either, so I was spending a lot of time volunteering in the
classrooms of my own young boys. It was one day in a pre-school class,
sitting with a half dozen 4 year olds making clay volkswagens that it
struck me.... how inspiring it was to be working with kids! I realized that
these kids were actually learning important stuff from me, and I was
learning important stuff from them, and this was a really cool position to
be in....combining my passion for art with my love of children, and if I
became a teacher, they'd actually pay me to do this fun stuff! My mom was
right. So I went back to college, got my BS in Art Ed, and now, after 7
years of teaching I'm almost done with my MS in Art Ed, with an emphasis in
puppetry. My teaching has been inspiring personally and artistically, and
this series of art work (puppets) is actually receiving some recognition,
too. I'm glad I found my way here, but do not reccommend anyone take this
Mark wrote:
Being hired for my job was TRUE fate.

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