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Re: teachers sharing their work....

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judith eileen mcgrath (jemcgrth)
Sat, 3 Oct 1998 22:09:06 -0500 (CDT)

Concerning the issue of whether or not art teachers should bring in their
work, obviously its a personal choice and a matter of individual
comfortablility. However, I have some thoughts to share.

First of all, I was a junior in high school before any of my teachers
showed us any of their work. Mr. P would sit at the front of the class
working on his huge canvas as we worked. I was very impressed and for
once, saw my art teacher as a serious artist. There was definitely a new
respect there that I never had for any previous teacher.
However, one day, some of the girls (I went to an all girls Catholic
H.S...oh geez!) noticed that a part of the painting looked like swimming
sperm. He was so disheartened that he never worked in class again.
Then when I got to college, most of my drawing and design professors
showed us their work, slide show and all. That was really impressive. I
guess what I am getting at is that curiosity in students can be satiated
by a one time slide show of their teachers work. That way you can give
them a glimpse of your "other life" and also obtain a new respect from

Anyway, sorry for the long entry....

take care,
Judy at U of I