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View Poll Results: Do art teacher's need to be good at all/most art mediums to teach art?
Yes. Art Teachers should be good at all/most art mediums to teach art. 14 11.20%
Yes and No. Art teachers need to know a range of different mediums and be adequate/satifactory 71 56.80%
No. Art Teachers don't need to be good at all mediums but specialise in one or two 31 24.80%
Other. Please explain in thread... 9 7.20%
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Old 06-07-2015, 06:10 PM
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Re: Do art teacher's need to be good at all/most mediums to teach art?

I think the teacher have to be very good in theory/culture and technique/skill, because he or she forming future artists and teachers.

its must be number one rule
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Re: Do art teacher's need to be good at all/most mediums to teach art?

(I haven't finished reading the thread yet! But I have to put in my two cents before I lose my train of thought. )

I was very keen for drawing and painting in middle school and high school. I loved to draw portraits. I definitely wasn't as good as I thought I was, but I was still above average and was already taking commissions and selling my work while in high school

Some memories that stick in my mind:

A middle school teacher who took me under her wing, and to whom I'm very grateful, once brought in some paintings she'd done in a life session. She explained that she felt it was important to show that she as the teacher could do what she was teaching. I remember being impressed with the skill of the figure paintings (they weren't nudes ).

In high school, a teacher who was very encouraging and nice, once did a demo of how to draw a portrait. He was drawing the eye on the chalkboard, and he got it wrong. (The pupil was not a circle and was not concentric with the iris.) It was a newbie mistake he made, and I could see it. I didn't say a thing, but I lost some respect for his skills after that. (I still thought he was a nice guy.)

If you look on deviantart these days, you'll see kids with amazing skills (some of them wasted on anime, but I digress ), but these kids are very good with drawing and color. I don't suggest that you try to match thatóa lot of us couldn't match thatóbut I think if you already feel like your skills are lacking in an area, that you need to work on developing that some more.

A side note: you'll also probably have to do battle with the kids who refuse to learn how to draw properly (draw what they see, realistically, which is essential for anyone who wants to get into art school). Some kids just want to do their formulaic anime, anime, anime, and balk at moving outside of that template.

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Here is my two cents and experience. Iím currently 20 years old but I have been teaching art (as an assistant in a privately owned art school) for nearly four years now. The owner and main instructor primary specialize in paint horses in oils. I have to know use many media because it is a mixed class. I have taught graphite, oils, colored pencils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, anime drawing, and markers to a vast age range from toddlers to adults. So, I have to go around the room and answer their questions. If they need assistance, demonstrate how to paint a certain area of the picture. The artist that I apprenticed with is a portrait and still life artist whose media is primarily oils, though he excelled in many media. (I started young. Lol). Anyways, as an instructor, it is important to know and how to instruct the formal terminology and techniques since it is the many basic techniques that builds the art piece. The main instructor specialized in horses, so the students did especially well in rodeo shows art contests. A few artworks earned large cash prizes from live art auctions at the shows. The main instructor and I had conflicts because of our artistic differences. The students working with portraits always prefer to ask me to help them and I also had a parent want me to privately instruct her two daughters in colored pencils. I became an instructor because I needed that income and job experience. I was one year out of university and my major and age became an obstacle in my job search (Graduated as a political science major at 16 years old).
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Re: Do art teacher's need to be good at all/most mediums to teach art?

I took art at school until 5th form.
It got too boring after that as it revolved around art history.
You get disheartened as the exams were internally assessed.
If the teacher didn't like your subject matter you sucked and your grade did too.
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Re: Do art teacher's need to be good at all/most mediums to teach art?

I think it is good enough to have an 'awareness' and solid understanding of most mediums in general, but specialist in one or a few.
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Re: Do art teacher's need to be good at all/most mediums to teach art?

As a new art teacher who is job searching currently, and has applied for many positions which expect a range of skills (drawing, acrylic, non-ceramic sculpture, ceramics & wheel throwing, paper making, stained glass, etc), I have been wondering this as well. I have a depth of knowledge in the areas of drawing, painting, scratchboard, and digital art, but I have less knowledge in the areas of ceramics and even less, if any, in areas like paper making or stained glass. Of course, as an artist I can make connections between the elements and principles in one area compared to another, and as a teacher I feel I am proficient.

Does anyone have any advice on getting additional experience in the areas I'm less certain in? I have considered taking workshops or classes when they are offered, but depending on the area I end up in these could be difficult to find. Some things I'm nervous about just ordering all of the materials, too, and would like to have a mentor.
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I am a retired art teacher,and I have taught Pre-k to adults. I have taught all mediums. I have always felt that I had to adequate in all of them. I had my favorites , but as the teacher I need to allow my students to experience enough materials that they could find their favorites. I was always honest about my experience in the medium, and sometimes we learned together. The great thing about all of the materials as artist whatever we chose to use, the principal of design and the elements of art are our guide lines.
Learn the materials by experimenting, and let that creative spirit fly. Now that I am retire from public school teaching and doing my own things, I am continue
to learn new things and teaching privately. Once a teacher always a teacher.
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One of my favorite activities as an Art teacher was to create visuals for the students and to demonstrate. If the medium or process was new to me, I would mention this to the students and explain that we were exploring together.
Remember though: you can't include everything out there. Pick what best suits your curriculum agenda.
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As an art teacher... I use two methods of teaching... inquiry and discovery learning. When I know my topic (and medium) I answer questions with questions thus allowing my students to find the answers on their own leading to better understanding through inquiry. I meet them where they are at and ask the appropriate questions to take them to the next step and eventually the answers to their original questions. When I am weak in a content area or medium, I use the "I don't know... let's find out" approach. This discovery method also allows students (and myself) to explore and learn things on a deeper level. I love to encourage my students to make mistakes, analyze them, apply possible remedies, and go/grow from there. No matter the method, we always learn more from doing art. Most things we do in life are learned first and then done.... IMHO... Creating art is opposite... you do it first and then learn from it.
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:36 AM
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I do not agree with you on one point, Chrissy; that a student 'outdoing' me would put me to shame (?). On the contrary, it would make me very proud ...both for the student's 'success' and that I was able to contribute to that student's self development. Isn't that what teaching is all about? You challenge 'em; then you coach while they show you they can accomplish wonderful things.
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Even on that terms.. an student outdoing his teacher might be raw talent.. that doe snto mean he or she does not have even more to learn from the experience and knowledge of he teacher.

THink like that.. if one study to be a gym teacher at a gym, he does need to learn a LOT about human phisiology .. If he or she has a student that can lift more weight than him/her.. would that make her less of a professional?
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I took art at school until 5th form.
It got too boring after that as it revolved around art history.
You get disheartened as the exams were internally assessed.
If the teacher didn't like your subject matter you sucked and your grade did too.


well that in fact might be very good teaching.. it is preparing you to the real world. Your clients will also reacts the exact same way to your works.. you need to learn to deal with that.
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