By Alan Thornton
Artist, Researcher, instructor explores the connection of 3 expert identities that frequently intersect within the lives of artwork practitioners, educators, and students.
Challenging traditional knowledge approximately specialization id, Alan Thornton exhibits that many people have complicated, diverse, and evolving relationships with visible art—relationships that don't healthy into any unmarried type. opposed to the backdrop of an increasing examine tradition and present employment versions within the usa and the United Kingdom— the place many artists additionally paintings as teachers—he argues for the need of a conception that either displays and affects perform within the realm of artwork and art-related paintings. an exceptional source for these whose specialist or artistic lives surround a number of features of paintings, study, and schooling, Artist, Researcher, instructor also will offer clean insights for these drawn to identification formation roles and practices. through elucidating our present scenario, it opens the door to much-needed new ways.
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The groups were fine arts, art education, advertising and industrial arts. Getzels interprets the data as follows: Relative to other groups, fine art majors have low economic values and high aesthetic values. Conversely advertising and industrial art majors have high economic values and low aesthetic values. The art education majors have low economic and aesthetic values but high social values. (Getzels and Csikszentmihalyi, 1976: 50) Fine art and art education students both had low economic values in this particular test.
Are we speaking of: an artist who also teaches; an artist who also teaches art; or a teacher of artists? It is the middle meaning that is most usually implied and assumed (see the above syllogism). The possibility of other interpretations does not weaken this meaning because other interpretations still refer to types of practitioners whose roles occasionally overlap and who will be referred to at times in the construction of a conceptual model. For example the ‘teacher artist’ model I believe to be very closely allied to the model emerging from this study.
Teaching may be seen as an abandonment of artistic ambition for the relative security of a job as an art teacher. Thus, art-trained teachers may feel they have ‘sold out’, which could contribute to a feeling of a crisis of identity. This is not helped by Shaw’s infamous remark that ‘those who can, do and those who can’t, teach’, which arguably undermines one of the most important professions in contemporary societies. Having looked at art-trained students becoming teachers at the secondary level and the potential for identity crisis in this shift of identity, I will now consider students who are 31 Artist, Researcher, Teacher trained as generalist teachers, usually for employment at the primary level.