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RE: our lives (jobs) and art


From: Weis, Klara (KWeis_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 06 2002 - 09:43:10 PDT

Susan, I am new to this site and I have been enjoying reading all the
comments about why we chose to teach art. I have taught 35 years now and
should be ready to retire but can't. Am single parent who just had son
finally graduate from college and is earning his own money. All the time
that I spend at school is unbelievable. Your letter is forcing me to really
let go of school and start thinking of myself. I have no money yet to take
classes, but at least I am thinking about it. Creating space in my house
for my art is another matter to think about. Its great to hear other
stories. I grew up in Albany, but have been here in Seattle for the last 27
years. Klara

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Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 4:08 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: our lives (jobs) and art

In a message dated 05/04/2002 8:58:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

But there is another
element to this. Like previously mentioned. Some of us are consumed by our
job at school or our vocation as teachers. I know I was for years. I has
taken a lot of hard work to try and break loose. I am in the process of
making the transition from teacher back to artist. In this process, I am
finding I have to make choices. I have to choose not to attend certain
conferences and meeting about art education and redirect my time and
attention to being a professional artist.

Very well put, Martha. Again, as I have stated before- it's a matter of
PRIORITIES, of choices. What you wrote sounds like me. I feel consumed by
everything- I feel consumed by life. I love this feeling! I love this
feeling more only in the past few years, as before this I allowed myself to
only be consumed by my role as an art teacher. The key to the happiness is
allocating time in the way that makes you feel really satisfied and directed
in what you really want to do. I learned to hard way to make choices, as I
was wrongfully hurt by situations and people who didn't appreciate my
efforts and my sincerity. I decided to use the lessons these situations
taught me by redirecting my efforts and making myself stronger!

Now, my life of "free time" is orchestrated by most of what I want to do-
creating art, working out at the gym, working a little overtime (not the 6-7
hours a day overtime at school that I used to do), LIATA, socializing,
grandmothering, and more! Of course there's still the laundry, cleaning,
etc...that which I don't really want to do...LOL...
Susan on Long Island
p.s...BTW, Martha, are you from NY, upstate? Your name sounds familiar. ---