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Re: requirements for an art teacher?

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Christine Merriam (
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 15:56:20 -0700

Lori asked on 11/16 "Can you teach art and not be an artist?

I read this when I sat down for a minute after getting my third graders
busy on an activity. So, I asked them the question. Some said yes, some
said no. Then I asked them to explain why. They said, "Well, when I
(student) go home and teach my little sister what I learned in art, I
know what I am doing, and I am an artist".

In my own teaching experience (I taught first grade for 5 years, and
started right out of college with a degree in art), I discovered that
yes, I can teach a subject I do not know very much about, mainly by
relying on texts and teacher manuals.

My next question would be, Can you teach art WELL and not be an artist?

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School