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"You can teach art if you have the skills to be an artist - meaning, that
one needs studio knowledge and experience but doesn't have to be an
actual active artist (exhibiting, etc.). Plus the skills to be a teacher
are very important... As I have stated in some previous messages -
sometimes it's really difficult for a teacher to be both a serious,
active artist and a good teacher. Often the artist part has to be placed
on the back burner of life in order to make a commitment to the children
in one's classes."
-- I agree with you. It's great when you can do both, (teach and produce) but usually the serious artist has to put some of that seriousness aside to teach because there isn't enough time to be passionate, serious and dedicated to do both. The best art teachers that I know, put their efforts, creativity, passion, and dedication to the art of teaching and not in the creation of art. It doesn't mean that they are any the less talented artists in their own right, its just that their energy is going towards a different goal.