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what motivated you to become an artist/teacher

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Laurie Eldridge (L_Eldridge)
Sat, 14 Sep 96 00:23:40 UT

I always had a natural talent for art that was encouraged by my parents when I
was young. My mother had always loved art and my father had attended a school
with a strong art program. My first public recognition was when my fourth
grade teacher asked me to create a pastel drawing of a horse for his hallway
bulletin board. As I grew older, our local art college (Herron School of Art
in INdianapolis) offered Saturday classes for students in middle school and
high school. Through that program I really found friends who were interested
in the same things I was and adult professionals who took an interest in my
interest! I can't really point to one person who guided me to become an art
teacher, but in college I had a wonderful art history professor who really
encouraged a love of art from all ages. He made art come alive for me through
his lectures and his overseas honors program where art and art history
students could travel to Europe to study the great dead white males! Ian
Fraser is now retired from Herron and lectures at the Indianapolis Museum of
Art. I also had a great ceramics professor, Mr. Mark Richardson, who really
encouraged me to love life and see the wonder in everything from the petal of
a flower to an African mask. He really made me think about how art is apart
of every human's being and how that in order to experience this wonder, you
had to slow down and just 'be' at times. I had other influential professors
in undergraduate school as well, but the professors I really credit giving my
a love of my profession and a feeling of the worthiness of what I do is Dr.
Enid Zimmerman at Dr. Gil Clark at Indiana University. They made me aware of
important art is to the overall curriculum, and they also made be feel good
about being a person from a mixed cultural heritage. Thanks everyone for
"listening" to me "talk" for so long, but I really wanted to publically
aknowledge these people for how they have helped me, and consequentially my
hundreds of students! Laurie Eldridge L_Eldridge