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Re: art teacher/ non-practicing artist

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Larry Seiler (
Sat, 13 Nov 1999 20:58:34 -0600

> he does this mostly on school time. hes working on his
> own stuff while the kids work with out his help. good
> artist, not good teaching!!

absolutely...not a good bargain for the kids. There are definitely
extremes to everything and life seems to me always to be about finding
balance and wisdom.

> i have created more in the few years i have been teaching art than in the

>last 15 years am getting better every day. i too mostly make my art around

>classroom demonstrations or sketching kids as they work.
>as its been said, " there are many different types of artists."

The "what" that is made...and the issue of its having to be sold to be art
is not that which will define an artist. That one feels a need to make art
is. Whether it is demo'ing, sketching kids...etc., I think it is good to
jump in once and awhile regardless and participate. Seeing you work
highlights that artmaking is a worthwhile venture. If its not worth your
time doing it, why should it be worth the students time? Its a
motivational question that is being addressed.


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