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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need Help With Difficult Parent


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Nov 14 2007 - 11:58:12 PST

Just look up Galleries in New Mexico, Arizona, New York, San
Francisco,etc. Even your own area and show the parents what art is
selling for and that many are doing it successfully. Every career is
challenged with you being the best you can be and being the best in
the field. there are many engineers here in Silicon Valley that are
not working if they are not tops in their field. Nothing has
guarantees, so if this Max is very good then he might be very
successful. People have to love their work in order to do their

Ken Schwab

--- Rebecca Burch <> wrote:

> I have an amazing student ... I'll call him Max. Max is only in
> his
> first year of art classes at this school, but has drawing his
> entire
> life and has taken some art classes outside of school "for fun."
> He
> recently won best of show at a local juried exhibit for a
> self-portrait that still knocks my socks off everytime I look at
> it.
> Max has decided that he wants to go into art as a career. So, now
> in
> his senior year of high school, he is investigating the possibility
> of
> going to Columbus College of Art and Design. He really, really
> wants
> to go there, and I don't doubt that he would be accepted into the
> program.
> The thing is, his Dad is very upset at this last-minute decision
> and
> wants his son to stick with the original plan of going into
> engineering (a career path that Max swears will bore him to death.)
> Dad is filling Max's head with all kinds of borscht about how he'll
> never be able to get a job as an artist and how there's no market
> for
> paintings because it's all mass produced in China, now, and blah,
> blah, blah.
> The parents are coming in for a meeting with Max, the college
> counselor, and me later this week. The counselor and I agree that
> Max
> really ought to go after his art school dream because it's what he
> really wants. What I want to do is wow his Dad with a lot of facts
> and figures about the art world -- available jobs, new career
> fields
> opening up, how creatives are going to hold a lot of power in our
> post-industrial economy, etc...
> Where do I look? I can give him a million thoughts off the top of
> my
> head, but the guy's a lawyer. He's going to want concrete stuff...
> numbers.
> Any advice?
> Becky
> Charleston WV
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