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Lesson Plans


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Larry Seiler (
Thu, 11 Nov 1999 19:29:21 -0600

>The first one I just finished took Third Place in the Palm Beach
>Watercolor Society ( prize money) and I sold the painting for a hefty
>I say all this because YOU CAN create your art if you set your heart to
> Think of it as your mini-vacation within yourself. Revitalize!
>MArsha in So. FL
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Congrads!!! Very cool! A confirmation...!!! Keep at it.

I personally believe that students will see and sense a passion through you
as you continue to make art and that it will prove to be a contagion for
them. The fears over the past years that the "artist/teacher" will bring a
biase that will be injurious to diversity (a fear that administratively and
philosophcally phased such a person out of the system) is at long last
beginning to end. Not saying only the artist should teach art, for the
first prerequisite to teaching is to be a good teacher. But it is possible
by education that an artist seeking to become a good teacher can learn to
appreciate art that differs from his/her own and thus make such fears null
and void.

Many are great facilitators, but there is I believe something to "knowing"
by experiencing art first hand that brings an "inside look"
if-you-will. An element brought into the classroom that says "I know first
hand" which goes beyond a knowing "about" art. It brings...hhmmm...a bit
of extra credibility in the minds of the students. Facilitators do not
raise doubts about a teacher's ability to teach in their minds. I think
though that students seeing their teacher's involved in the process of
making art brings exclamation marks to that which is taught. I think you
will see more students that had considered art more seriously as a lifelong
habit or even vocation, will have more enthusiasm to make that
consideration real.

For those that are working artists...I think you understand its not
something so easily switched off. Many have denied themselves and find
arguments to justify the cause for which they abandoned themselves as
higher, too busy, etc., but like vitamins are missing the "X-factors" as
compared to real food...I think the artist living in denial is not a whole
person. For those thinking of making art after a long time away from it.
I encourage you to do so. It will be like finding the fountain of life for
yourself. New life. A bounce in your step.

Start with sketches in good sketchbooks. Let kids see the habit of
sketching. I use a Bic black medium ballpoint pen. Then...watercolor a
good number of those sketches in...that is, just light washes of color over
the lines. Get a feel for it. Let the life re-ignite!!!! Have fun. We
only threaten to pass on a legacy of the joy of living as observers of the
mayhem of the world, and not necessarily partakers of it. To seek and
reveal beauty where so much ugliness has blinded the masses!

No insult is meant to those that are not in the practice of making art. In
fact, I applaud all and any efforts by anyone that brings art to the
Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of ArtsEdNet.

Larry Seiler
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