School is back in session, which reminded me of the art teachers who shaped my life.
Homage to My Art Teachers
Kindergarten: Mrs. Harback
I knew I was an artist when we made cut-out bunnies around Easter time. They were the kind of bunnies that you create from a fold and just cut out the outline. After you open them up, you have the whole bunny with symmetrical sides.
I knew I was an artist because mine was the only bunny donning a hula skirt and lei. I was fascinated with Hawaii at the time.
High School: Mrs. Mayfield
Art wasn’t necessarily cool in high school, but I never missed a year of it. Mrs. Mayfield was encouraging and supportive. Like many of my teachers, she taught us to copy rather than to come up with original ideas.
College: Michael Maszk
Michael was a grad-school instructor that taught the first-level life drawing classes for two semesters. I learned so much from him! He made me love drawing. And I was pretty good at it. He taught me not to fear the dark areas and to really get dirty with the graphite.
Deep Thought Thursday
Who have been your favorite art teachers?
What did each one teach you?