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Re: What makes an Artist?...Or, a Philosopher or an Educator, for that matter?

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SheSails2
Thu, 18 Nov 1999 16:58:02 EST


>>>"I've heard it said, and believe it to be true, that if you can make a
living
at what you love to do,...you never have to go to work."<<<
(from Lawrence Parker)

Yes, I would agree with Larry on this one. I have also heard another one
which states "Work is what you're doing when you'd rather be doing something
else." (<G>)

I get paid (on a regular basis) to draw and paint pictures with kids...the
paperwork and extra duties are a pain sometimes, that's true. Please don't
think I'm being flippant, but I am there to show a child how they can express
ideas and grow through art. I also want them to see how much FUN making art
is, as well as to show the importance of art in education. If I allow all
the extra "garbage" that comes along with the responsibility of teaching to
drag me down, eventually I will NOT be able to show students how much fun art
is for me. (Been there--done that--learned from it, and moved on.) What if
your students asked you this question--"Did you 'used to be' an artist?
Pardon me, their words--quoted--but something to think about. My answer is,
"Well, yes, and I am still one." I don't believe it's an "either/or" kind of
thing. Picasso once said "It's not what an artist does that counts, but what
he is."

I am many things--and wear many hats; just a few of those are
artist/philosopher/educator.

Creatively speaking, that is...
Paula

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