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Artist at work

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Lisa R. Harman (lharman)
Sun, 04 Oct 1998 12:19:20 +0000

Subject: artist at work

"There are many ways that a teacher can show they are an artist without
actually "doing" the work in front of the kids...actually I never do my
work while the kids are working, because I feel that I am being paid to
work with them and be a facilitator to their art and problem

I agree with Kurt. I wouldn't feel right about sitting in the
classroom doing my own thing while the kids were doing their thing. But
I do feel it is important that they see me as an artist as well as an
educator. One was I do this is by participating in the projects right
along with my students. If they are doing self portraits, I do one too.
Or if they are drawing each other, I'll draw one of them also. They
absoulutely love that! I photo copy them and give the original to the
student to keep. Then I save the copies and bring them out from year to
year when we do portaiture and hang them up together. The kids love
seeing older friends, brothers or sisters from years past. (7th grade)
It always surprises me when a student, or even a fellow teacher for that
matter, sees my art work and comments, "Wow, you are really good! I
didn't know you could draw like that!" I mean, I am an ART teacher! Why
are they always so surprised that an ART teacher can draw? The first
time I heard that comment I realized that they did not see me as an
artist and that I had to do something about it! I think that is very

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