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I think a lot of people who define themselves as art educators (i.e. museum
educators) do not have to be artists to do great work. However, there is
certainly a difference between teaching art and teaching the practice of art.
This is an interesting listserve to discuss this question, since the Getty
Education Institute DBAE model works primarily with classroom teachers to get
them to incorporate the arts into the curriculum--they do not really work with
artists or studio art teachers (as I understand it).
Friends of the Junior Arts Center, Los Angeles
> Personally, I don't know of any art educators who aren't artists.
> 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
> 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
> needs some guidance in rendering something, or you are teaching a
> technique, but it also helps set the tone of the class. What better
> and inspiration could there be, than an artist who practices what they
> and does so in full view of the students.
> Deb Meier-Sprague
> Batavia City Schools
> Batavia, NY >>