I think of myself as an artist first, educated in abilities and facilities
to teach/instruct. I took a twelve year break from teaching to paint
fulltime and develop my career and it was my wife's illness that brought me
to look back toward the classroom.
Painting (or art making) is a means of deeper seeing...and from the personal
experience of the habit of deeper seeing connected to a need to communicate
visually, expressing creatively comes a natural passion at hand to pass
along contagiously to students.
For the past five years I've been planning for an exhibition I am taking
part in in New York's National Arts Building with my professional
association members of NAPPAP, (National Academy of Professional Plein Air
Painters), September 22nd thru October 2nd.
There is a great deal involved to share with students. The association's
members each contributing a good chunk of money to advertise in American Art
Review, Southwest Art magazine...a blurb in Plein Air magazine. Online
preview exhibitions. Mailings and so forth. All the time an opportunity to
bring kids along for the ride.
Last year thru a grant, I purchase a dozen plein air paint boxes, tripods
and oil paint...and we now are building the interest of students that would
like themselves the challenge of painting on location.
I encourage all art teachers to create, exhibit..get filled with passion and
like a full glass on the move spilling over onto all that are nearby.
A chance for students to understand the dreams and aspirations, the hopes
and the drive of an artist first hand. To experience a rejection letter for
a show...or the exhilaration of acceptance. It most definitely raises the
confidence level of students that you have something viable and important to
pass on to them, and seeing the excitement in you demonstrated brings I
think more integrity to the importance of making art in one's life. We are
living history...a bridge to the past, the future, the now.
At the moment is preparations to send three pieces out to New York. The
building of shipping crates, protective design of framing and work. Its
exciting stuff...for me and the kids.
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