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Re: Art teachers/artists

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Mcracker_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Oct 01 2000 - 19:49:32 PDT


In a message dated 9/30/00 7:30:15 PM Central Daylight Time,
jayna_99@yahoo.com writes:

<< So many
life questions- would love some sage advice...... >>
Jayna-
I do not know if this is "sage" or not, but here goes anyway! My background
in art is primarily in art history also. i was an art history major before I
decided that I really wantede to teach (and also realized that in small town
midwest there would not be much call fo an art historian). I do sometimes
feel that I am inadequately prepared in studio....but when that feeling hits,
I take a workshop or class. In general, I try to teach to my strenghths
(which is exactly what i recommend to my student teachers). This means that I
do teach a lot of art history. In fact, when I first heard about DBAE about
18 years ago, I was thrilled because it validated three other avenues to
learning about art. Don't get me wrong...studio experiences are at the center
of the classes I teach, but I always include art criticism, aesthetics and
art history...i can't help it...that's what I know best and where my center
is. I don't see this as a better or worse approach than that of any other art
teacher...it is just my approach. The children i teach will have many other
teachers in their lives...hopefully, each of them will also teach from their
strenghths, as that is where the passion in teaching lies.
Good luck to you as you consider your options. I think a high school
guidance counselor with an art background would be wonderful!!!!!
Marcia