Art Instructors Practice What They Teach
Johnson, Anna, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
As the music of Bob Dylan plays in the background, several of Barrington High School teacher Robert Wilson's ceramic students spin the pottery wheel or work with pencils and paper, conceptualizing future projects.
But, unlike many classes where students rush out as soon as the bell rings, these students are here after hours with smiles on their faces.
Wilson, who stays after school almost every day, is not only in his classroom to help students work on art projects, but to work on his own.
Then, if he has time, he returns home to his house in Cary and continues to work on his latest sculpture.
Unlike many people who stay late and have to bring home their work at night, Wilson actually enjoys the work he does.
"Once you get clay in your system, you can't get enough," he said. "One reason I enjoy teaching is because I practice what I teach."
In addition to teaching, Wilson also participates in several art shows throughout the year in both the suburbs and Chicago.
Currently, Wilson has a number of his pieces from his series, "Everything is Fine, Why Do You Ask?" on display at the Barrington Area Arts Council Gallery. His work is part of the exhibit titled, "Those Who Do, Teach" featuring two- and three-dimensional original art, including jewelry, watercolor, mixed media and photography, from the eight fine arts teachers at Barrington High School.
Usually, this faculty show is held in conjunction with a student artwork exhibit at the high school's own art gallery. But, due to construction on the school, including the gallery, the annual show could not take place.
Instead, the arts council offered to hold a show for the faculty this year.
"One of the strengths of our faculty is that every one of us are practicing artists," Wilson said.
Each of Wilson's pieces took him 12 to 14 hours to finish.
One features a blue jug with miniature people climbing up ladders on the sides of it. …