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Lesson Plans

crits from the past

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kprs (kprs)
Sat, 28 Sep 1996 19:39:47 -0700

I have been reading all the crit-stories from the past and have been
thinking: "I can't even remember any good or bad critiques" probably
because I have always had the ability to stand outside the action and
take it in. What that means is if I were being critiqued, I would have
already made a thesis statement, decided what I was trying to do, do it,
and sit back and watch reactions to it (including a
professor/artist's). Those reactions would be towards the piece, and I
would not internalize them, because I had met my goals, and was not
seeking approval, verification, or justification from anyone else.
Grades/Critiques come and go, but hey! I'm still standing.

As for the artist vs. art educator role, even as an art educator, I am
still an artist. Teaching is my Art. I do it with the same vigor,
seriousness of purposes, playfulness, intellect, and love that I put in
my poetry, acting or mixed media pieces. I don't know where one stops
and the other starts. True enough, that labels were placed in college,
but I laughed at labels back then as I do now.

Here's what I took from my critiques, as I take from auditions, and as I
take from publishers reacting to my poetry: On any given day you can be
"brilliant" or "too short" depending on the human doing the evaluating.
And that's what I try to pass on to my students.

San D

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