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Re: Arts Educators and Artists - questionnaire

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Ben Schasfoort (Ben.Schasfoort)
Wed, 07 May 1997 23:58:15 +0200

Dear Catherine Kaplan,

At 07:19 7-05-97 -0400, you wrote:
. Is there a difference between art educators and
>artists who teach in their approach to educating children and young
>adults in the arts?
Who knows? If you are one of these you cannot answer for the other.
What I know is that there are strong differences between people responsible
for art in schools. Some are good, others bad, some do art (at home), others
do not, some are specialists, others are generalists, some think art is
making children do paintings, others think art is making children aware of
other cultures.

Could art class be called "artist" class depending
>on the person leading the instruction?
Yes, it could and if you prepare the meals at home, your class could be
called "cook" class, who cares?

And at the very heart of the
>matter, the question that may indeed be unanswerable, what does it mean
>to be an artist?
Not so difficult.
It means that you have to make a living out of selling visible products (if
you are in the visual arts) you make.

>I would love to hear from arts educators and artists regarding the
>questions below -- all of which will be the basis for my thesis. Thank
>you for your time and interest!

>Please e-mail responses to: kaplan3
Since your questions may be of interest for others (and you used ArtsEdNet)
and it is definetely off-season for art-discussion, I will sent it to the
listserv too.

>Thesis Questionnaire
>Art Educators versus Artists who Teach
Should this be a kind of a game?

>1. Please indicate your response to the following:
> I consider myself an: Art Educator Artist
I consider myself: both

>I make no distinction
Hell I do. I am a complete other person when I teach aswhen I art

> Please elaborate:
Closely focussing at the function of the art teacher (in secondary
education), notice how extensive his/her subject is and what an amount of
qualities he/she should have.
A It is about education for children 12 to 18 year of age: pedagogical and
didactical qualities.
B It is about the making of visual images: characteristics of an artist.
C It is about appreciating images, about form, function and content:
characteristics of a museum-educator, an art historian, a critic.
D It is about the possible influence of images on people: these are
questions of psychology.
E It is about questions images evoke: the teacher should be able to
philosophize with his/her students.

>2. What role did/do the arts (visual, musical, dramatic, dance,
> play in your life as a child, adolescent, and as an adult?
Not that important role. I only realized after I was certified as an artist
that some people think art is something holy.

>3. What do you remember about arts classes as a child?
I had to be satisfied with some drawing lessons as a child, and was I good
in drawing! Better than others (but I was bad in mother-tongue). After being
certified as a generalist primary-school teacher (and three years practice),
I went to the academy of arts and became an art teacher and artist.
I like music, connot play an instrument, played drama in a schoolclub and
dance with my wife at parties.

> What kind of feedback or response did you receive from your teachers,
parents, and
friends regarding your creativity?
They all liked everything I made. So that didn't help.

> Do you feel that creativity and the ability to "do" artwork go hand in hand?
Without creativity I could not even find my shoes back in the morning, what
do you mean?

>4. When and how did you know that you wanted to pursue an artistic path?
When I felt that teaching gave me a lot of spare time, which I could easely
fill with some work i alwaysliked to do.

> and how did you go about pursuing it once you had made this decision?
It payed.

>5. Describe your most and least favored media and why you feel the
Most: iron, I like the recalcitrance of it.
Least: should not know. Some people just think about something and call that
art. I believe that would not be my favorite.

>6. What goes through your mind as you watch students work
Everything, from "what a nice evening I had yesterday until will Mobutu resign?"

>and then as you view their final products?
That depends on the products.

Do you assess their work? If so, how?
Yes, I talk with the students and together we find out what I think about it.

>7. If you were asked to teach a group of children to perform or
create as you yourself do, how would you go about it?
That would be a problem. First we would have a complete different kind of
place with all those welders etc...

Do you think that this would be a valuable experience for the children
and/or for you and why?
Probably for them, yes. Always good to do something you never did.
For me? Why? Maybe, but I do not on forehand shout that it would be
wonderfull and such a help and brings ideas and so on.

>I do give Catherine Kaplan my permission to
>quote directly some or all of the information included in my responses.

artist, teacher, advisor

>e-mail address:
see below.

Ben Schasfoort
e-mail: ben.schasfoort
Tel. and fax: (+31) 597 55 15 03