Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Artist in Us

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

The Artist in Us

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The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Anatole France

Having grown up on a family sheep and cattle ranch in a small town in northern New Mexico, I never knew I would become an artist. Inherent to my upbringing was my exposure to many forms of art. Taos is considered an artist colony where music, dance, drama, poetry, sculpture, film and art flourish. Set in the high desert at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this hundred-year old art colony is filled with world-class galleries and museums where thousands journey annually. Some well known artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and R.G Gorman inspire visitors with their spirit as with the excellence of their southwestern art.

As an educator, I've never really considered myself an artist, per se. But growing up in an art colony may have affected me after all, or did it? As I reflect on the "art of teaching," I begin to wonder if in fact I have become an artist. Teaching, after all, is said to be an art. Teaching in an artful manner has the same power to inspire our students as does the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and R.G. German inspire the art connoisseur. Perhaps the only difference is that we don't display our work on canvas and hang it in a museum with a price tag few can afford.

So what makes teaching an art? In my humble estimation, artful teaching translates into...teacher passion...a type of kinetic art. A canvas artist would not be successful if he/she did not display his/her interpretations without passion and meaning. Each painting, poem, and/or music piece becomes a reflection of the person. Similarly, teachers must teach with passion. Having passion in what we do in the classroom means doing everything within our means to interpret the instructional process in such ways that learning comes alive and inspires students. …

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