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Re: [teacherartexchange] teacher as artist


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2006 - 07:12:22 PST

What is the reasoning for not showing students your

I don't understand this statement either, however I have heard it before. I feel that when you do a project either the one the students are working on or your own work, you are allowing them to be a part of the art world as you see it, enjoy your passion, how you look for inspiration, solve problems, happy accidents, and gives them a sense of calm knowing that you can do this. I have always demonstrated on my own work and showed what I wanted from them as well as model a good product. Rarely, if not at all, would a student try to copy me or even use the same subject. I feel that being an artist teaching art is better than just being an art teacher.
Ken Schwab
San Jose, CA

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From: Elizabeth Heisey <>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 4:05:16 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] teacher as artist

What is the reasoning for not showing students your
Is the same true for not letting them in on the
I thought there was some kind of tradition that said
it would stifle or depress students or something.
I hope I am not doing something bad, but I started
working on a couple paintings in the midst of my HS
classes. There are some interesting discussions going
on about the development and meaning of my work (esp.
apparently during the math classes that meet in my
room in the morning! not sure about those)
My students have been involved in discussions with me
about the development of my work and actually have
helped me a lot to clarify what I want to say. They
see me through the complete process. I am aware of my
vulnerability and risk-taking.
I realize I have to keep my own project subject to all
student lessons and needs, but...are there other basic
premises I am missing?

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