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Re: Picasso Quote

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Fri, 02 Oct 1998 07:42:52 -0400

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once
he grows up." Joy brought up some questions about perceived differences
between art teachers, therapists, curators, etc., and artists. We all
probably know that being a "good" artist doesn't necessarily make
someone a "good" art teacher - and vice versa. I work in a very small
rural school system where my classes stay full of students who have
difficulty passing anything else in high school (and they care little
about art). I work pretty intensely on my own artwork at home, when I
have time - and I don't bring it to school or share much of my "artist"
side with my students. My artwork is for me. When I'm at school, I'm an
art teacher and I also work pretty intensely, but I do think it is a
whole different way of approaching things. Being a teacher, to me, means
working and caring for a large group of diverse children who really know
so little about art that most of what we do requires only minimal skill
levels. When I'm at home and working on my own stuff, I am quiet, alone,
meditative, etc. - it's a completely different world. There may be art
teachers who can bring their work into their classrooms and conduct
classes like some type of master/apprentice studio situation, but I
can't. I'm happier when I keep those two worlds separate, and try to do
my best at each.
Sandra Hildreth
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Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
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Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617