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time to be an artist

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kprs (KPRS)
Sun, 08 Nov 1998 07:08:57 -0500


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20 years of teaching has taught me this:
1. I am STILL an artist, even if I don't produce visual art.
2. Teaching is my art.
3. Diversify your art. I now work in poetry (portable art on slips
of paper) and theater (costuming, puppets and acting)--art that is also
portable, and with specific deadlines, forcing me to use all the little
'breaks' in life..for memorization, sewing, handwork etc.
My "new art" has taken me to greater levels than I have imagined, and I
am no less an 'artist'.

My colleagues and I over the years have discussed how to find the time
to do art, with careers and families. The female art teachers in the
group have always had a tougher time justifing taking 'time' to do the
work, when there are so many 'maintenance' tasks to be done in life
(cleaning, cooking etc---my way has been to run a messier house and let
things slide). For a couple of years we actually rented a room in a
local highschool and ran our own adult school for art teachers...where
we set our own goals and made art, discussed art etc...a sort of Oprah
Winfrey Art Club for burnt out art teachers wanting to create.

One of my colleagues took over a room from her college bound daughter
and set up a time commitment to work in there...and has resumed her work
and has consequently won government grants because her work (while
actually postponed because of family and career) came 'back' much richer
and more poignant than before.

As with all things in life, prioritization is important, AND shuffling
things around to make the important rise to the top is always tough, and
full of guilt...what I had to do is remind myself that it is my need to
express ( and the truths therein) myself that is most important, and the
vehicle for that expression is limitless...whether painting, pottery,
poetry or puppets. Once I made that realization, the rest was easy....

San D

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20 years of teaching has taught me this:
    1. I am STILL an artist, even if I don't produce visual art.
    2. Teaching is my art.
    3. Diversify your art. I now work in poetry (portable art on slips of paper) and theater (costuming, puppets and acting)--art that is also portable, and with specific deadlines, forcing me to use all the little 'breaks' in life..for memorization, sewing, handwork etc.
My "new art" has taken me to greater levels than  I have imagined, and I am  no less an 'artist'.

My colleagues and I over the years have discussed how to find the time to do art, with careers and families.  The female art teachers in the group have always had a tougher time justifing taking 'time' to do the work, when there are so many 'maintenance' tasks to be done in life (cleaning, cooking etc---my way has been to run a messier house and let things slide). For a couple of years we actually rented  a room in a local highschool and ran our own adult school for art teachers...where we set our own goals and made art, discussed art etc...a sort of Oprah Winfrey Art Club for burnt out art teachers wanting to create.

One of my colleagues took over a room from her college bound daughter and set up a time commitment to work in there...and has resumed her work and has consequently won government grants because her work (while actually postponed because of family and career) came 'back' much richer and more poignant than before.

As with all things in life, prioritization is important, AND shuffling things around to make the important rise to the top is always tough, and full of guilt...what I had to do is remind myself that it is my need to express ( and the truths therein) myself that is most important, and the vehicle for that expression is limitless...whether painting, pottery, poetry or puppets.  Once I made that realization, the rest was easy....

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