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Do you have to be an artist to be a good art teacher.

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Pamela W. Lackey (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 14:35:27 -0500

Yes. Definately. Absolutely. Unequivically. Have I been chrystal
clear? I feel very strongly about this subject. And it can apply to
other subject areas as well. The public has a stereotype of all
teachers as "those who can't do, teach!" But to be a truly effective
art teacher, you have to act as role model and mentor, not just an
imparter of information. Parents think teachers stand up in front of a
class room 7 hours a day and read from a textbook. Anybody can do that,
so they don't value teachers as knowledgable and experienced imparters
of knowledge from their own personal wealth of knowledge and experience
as working artists. You cannot effectively teach what you don't know
how to do yourself. Frankly,why in the world would you want to? There
is legislation pending in one state university to get rid of any art
studio required courses for art educators. We should be doing the
opposite! Requiring more, not less. Talk to Dr. Karen Lee Carroll of
Maryland Institute, College of Art, for more information on this topic.
She is an expert and well known advocate. I am in a MFA program at the
Institute for art educators; a program that promotes and produces art
educators with MFA's in there field of expertese. Sorry to go on so
long. It is a passionately felt position. If anyone wants to discuss
this issue further, feel free to email me. Thanks.