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Re: advice about art teacher career

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Sun, 17 Nov 1996 11:10:32 GMT

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Hi Liz! I can only tell you how much I love my work as an art teacher and
how I could not think of doing anything else. I have been teaching art for
almost 16 years and my education is not a traditional one for teaching. I
studied art in Italy, but I am icelandic, I graduated from the painting
department in the Academy of fine arts in Bologna and studied printmaking
with my professor for two more years. Since then I have taken endless
courses both in arts and education. My own art has turned to textile or
fiber art but I always feel that what I consider my most important
artmaking is the teaching. The joy to feel that you can help young and old
alike to learn to "see" the world around them and to interperet their
feelings and experiences through art and be happy with what they can do and
what they learn is hard to describe except by the word GREAT. I think one
must love people to be an art teacher, yes and to believe in the importance
of the arts in everybody´s life. Also that everyone can learn to draw,
paint, sculpt etc. even though not everyone can become an artist. And
through teaching art you can help children to develope a positive self
image which is in my estimation the most important asset to have on the
road through life. I could go on endlessly to tell you the positive parts
ogf being an art teacher but I will let this be enough now. As far as what
is the best background or education to have, I personally think that an art
teacher should be educated in the arts first and formost, but have some
education courses as well. The agegroups all have their own charm. I love
to see the joy in the faces of my 5 year old students when they discover
that they can "make" a new colour or when my middle school students learn
about perspective and understand it. The students in the painting
department are so happy when you get them to realize things that they
allready know but did not know they knew! That of course is a big part in
teaching art in my book. Well I hope this was of some help. Regards from
the far north, Rosa

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