Teaching Style Notes
I get lots of emails about teaching from emerging artists. Many of them think that teaching will bring them collectors. For myself, not really. Yes, I do have lovely students who support me with purchases from time to time but certainly not enough to make a living.
There are full time art teaching plans, part time, and occasional teaching plans. I think you have to have a true understanding of your own needs and desires before you choose a plan.
If you want to teach full time, then put aside your own needs as a painter. A teacher has a huge responsibility to his/her students. A teacher can destroy a painter’s love of painting or open the world and possibilities to art students. As a painting teacher, I have great power over those who study with me. I can fake it and get by, which is what far too many painters do, or I can actually care enough to research and help my students to grow their desire and knowledge of painting.
Research, painting lesson development and practice takes a great deal of time. A full time teacher needs to do their own work AFTER they provide for their students.
A part time teacher has some time for both. This may be ideal for most painters and it was good for me for many years. I taught a few workshops sprinkled between some regular classes, giving me some limited time in the studio for my own work. This sustained me for some years. I charged a healthy price for workshops and classes.
In my opinion, the occasional teaching plan is the best of both worlds. I have the occasional plan. I teach once a month. I only charge my students 20.00 a class, so as you can see, I’m not making a living from teaching art. Fortunately, I make a living as a painter. It took long years of hard work to get here. Every now and then I’ll take a year off from teaching entirely. I find, at the end of the year that I have missed my friends. Teaching once a month adds a little excitement and anticipation to my career. I have things to share with my students. It makes me work harder and research more than I would without students. I need to learn more in order to help them. I get to see my friends once a month, and share their stories and lives. I tend to be a loner and this forces me to be a part of the world.
Whatever choice you make, dive into it with integrity. There are far too many painters who use their students to make extra income or sell them paintings at workshops with little given to the student. If you teach, do it with good preparation, honesty and effort. Make it worthwhile for the student who is depending on you.
If you would like to be a business snack sponsor for a month of classes for my students, it is a 20.00 gift for a month. My students and I appreciate the gift very much, and I am happy to promote your business on social media and my web site.
More musings for artists and collectors to come….
Crockpot Italian Pot Roast
8 ounces of fresh sliced mushrooms
1 large sweet onion sliced
4 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1 ounce envelope dry onion soup mix
1 14 ounce can beef broth
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Place mushrooms and onion in a lightly greased 5 to 6 quart crockpot. Sprinkle roast with pepper. Cook roast in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place roast on top of mushrooms and onions in crockpot. Sprinkle onion soup mix over roast; pour beef broth and tomato sauce over roast. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or until meat shreds easily with a fork.
Transfer roast to a cutting board; cut into large chunks, remove any large pieces of fat. Keep roast warm.
Skim fat form juices in crockpot; stir in tomato paste and Italian seasoning. Stir together cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl until smooth; add to juices in crockpot, stirring until blended.
Increase slow cooker heat to high. Cover and cook 40 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Stir in roast.