Welcome to the National Artist Teacher Fellowship, Arts in Education Forum.
During the NATF 2013 Convening, ideas, frustrations, solutions and comments were discussed surrounding Arts in Education. We aim to become a resource and forum for arts teachers nationwide by bringing these topics to the web. Please help us by using this page to discuss relevant topics to arts in education, contact each other, and share ideas, photos and videos.
Please keep comments to respectful and professional language. Thank you for participating!
Our first topic is: Maintaining balance between roles as an artist and an educator. How do you maintain a consistent art practice while teaching?
To start off, here are some thoughts on this topic from this years Convening:
K-“I have to have an art night once a week. I’m constantly in demand, so I need that time. I leave after dinner. I pack lunches at midnight when I go home. It cuts into my sleep. I also work at school. My husband’s also an artist, so we have a studio. ”
D-“I practice, but maybe not as much as I used to. As the years went on, a lot of my creative energy was going towards the students’ work. It was going into them instead of me. Even though I wasn’t creating as much as I used to, once or twice a year I’ll create work in a concentrated amount of time.”
Our second topic is: Multicultural Arts Education in the Global Economy. Dealing with issues of appropriation and cultural identity.
To start you off here is a great article by Dipti Desai: Desai_Places to Go-_Challenges to Multicultural Art Education in a Global Economy