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Re: a question for you

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Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus (
Thu, 05 Nov 1998 07:13:24 -0600

I am a half time art teacher. And I make art. No one is short changed. I am
also highly influenced by childrens work.


At 08:14 PM 11/4/98 -0400, you wrote:
>> My question: How do art teachers make time and justify being working
>> artists while they teach?
>We've talked about this before, but it's a good topic. Many of us who
>participate on this listserv will tell you that making art comes second,
>and that our primary committment is to being a teacher. There will also
>be some who work very hard at being artists, and I don't want to make
>anyone mad, but if that's their primary concern, then I feel the
>children in their classrooms are perhaps being shortchanged. It's just
>that it's really difficult to do two things really well. People who are
>also parents or spouses/partners have that job to work on too. With the
>education and development of so many childen depending upon your effort
>and concern and organization and creativity (just to mention a few
>things) I believe it is imperative to put teaching first. So I'm just a
>part-time artist.
>Sandra Hildreth
>Home Page:
>Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
>School Pages:
>Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617