I agree with everything you've said Janice...I would just emphasize that
demonstrating yourself "as" an artist ...indeed "teaches" and that 110%
effort teaching is not diminished by "truth in advertising"...that is, in
It comes out in my demonstrating...in rescuing, in compassion for things
I don't often have the time...but, I like to keep a work in development on
hand for kids to see. I keep a palette nearby with oils...and find 10
minutes here or there when students are working to dab some strokes of
As I prepare to work on an entree for the duck stamp competition, for
example...I give kids on onhand viewing. I show them my accumulation of
resources, photos, clippings.....my volumes of sketchbooks and gestures. I
buy video tapes from aviaries that provide 45 minute studies of one species
pair swimming, preening..etc; I explain concepts of design... and show
various stages of development. I allow them to get inside my head and what
I'm thinking strategically in lieu of my peers and the entree criteria. I
explain how the competitions work and the various stages of judging. I
show the students the work at various stages...even allow them to make
comments or ask questions.
I send it off....and we wait.
I have in so doing invited them to have privilege up close into my personal
In meeting my wife...she tells them how our lifestyle works around my
competitions, my plein air painting...and even as a factor for one reason I
accepted a position in this district which is in the heart of the Nicolet
National Forest full of subject matter.
I give my students an understanding of agents and reps. Of the very real
heartache of getting ripped off big money by inscrupulous individuals. How
galleries operate...etc; and...perhaps being older (45 years of age) and
comfortable with who I am...I do so without insisting my preferred subject
matter or style defines art. You want to create, it'll find its way out of
you. You'll also find that that which is learned by the students comes in
other dimensions as well, which the Madeline Hunter model was never quite
able to fully register. Take care...!!!
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