October 18, 2011

Some Words of Encouragement

It is pretty amazing to think we are one of the only disciplines that live what we teach. Art teachers are artists, that's why we teach art. A second grade teacher does not need to be a mathemetician, a children's book writer, a scientist, they get to be a teacher and go home. When we go home we are artists, creators and wanna be creators. Our job often is the source of our inspiration while "getting in the way" of our time to create our own work. We must juggle the tension of creating all day with our students while needing to find time and headspace to create for ourselves. We don't have a choice, we are still artists at the end of the day.

Art, Music and Physical Education are the only teachers who should live their subject.

I want to share this quote from Ira Glass. . . (I found it on Paint the  Moon Photography) because it inspired me and I hope you like it too.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass

While trying to create in my little stolen moments I'll try to remember this sentiment and not be too hard on myself!


Katie Morris said...

Perfect quote!

Ruth Lee said...

I love it. I really needed to read this right now. Thank you!!!

Unknown said...

I wrote this post when I was really tired! So it doesn't make sense when I read it back BUT the QUOTE still makes total sense:)

Handmade Design said...

I am a first time art teacher and this quote makes me feel so much better. Even though I know it's my first year I still keep trying to improve. So thanks it helps me not put so much pressure on myself :-)