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As I tell my students at the beginning of each new class, if I can succeed
in art they all can also! I didn't take an art class until I was a
sophomore in college. Art was for "sissies", not for "real men" in high
school. The farthest thing from my mind was to be an art teacher. Boy was
I wrong! 25 years later, I wouldn't do another thing then to teach art to
high school age students.
I also agree that we have to keep producing our art to keep motivated. It
keeps the creative juices flowing. There definitely is not enough time
during the school day to do this, but who needs 8 hours of sleep anyway.
To also watch high school students grow, mature and in many cases change
attitudes because of the help I can give them is very rewarding. I haven't
had all the successfaul artists as San D has, but helping kids through bad
times is just as rewarding.
Last but not least, I'm a Dreamer! Without dreams to work on, teaching
could get old real quick. Seemingly, every year something new comes along
for me to go for. Most of time it involves applying for a grant to fund an
art related project. Schools just don't seem to have enough money for new
and inovative things in the arts! So I go for outside sources. For
instance, this year I'm waiting to hear on a NWEA grant to partially fund a
handicap accessable computer station in my room. These students need us to
help them to connect with the visual world. But, I'm not writing this to
get on a political soapbox!
Thanks for listening! And especially thanks to all you for motivating me
to write this!