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>Subject: time to be an artist
>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
>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
>and has consequently won government grants because her work (while
>actually postponed because of family and career) came 'back' much
>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,
>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
>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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