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<< To be a good art educator does one have to be an artist >>
Personally, I don't know of any art educators who aren't artists. When
I was working on my art education certification at Buffalo State College,
about one-third of my class already had a degree in the Studio Art, and were
now adding the education courses onto it.
I would say that in most cases (for there is always the exception),
yes, one should be an artist. Not only does it come in handy when a student
needs some guidance in rendering something, or you are teaching a particular
technique, but it also helps set the tone of the class. What better example
and inspiration could there be, than an artist who practices what they preach,
and does so in full view of the students.
Batavia City Schools