“Being in the classroom is a continuous source of inspiration for me,” said Jared Seff, Visual Arts instructor at The Habersham School.
"My role as the instructor goes far beyond demonstrations, lectures, and most definitely grades, but rather consists of myself working alongside students in the creative act, simply put, I learn more from my students than they could ever learn from me.”
Seff and 15 other artists who also work as educators are the features of Sulfur Studios' next visual art exhibition, “Educators Spotlight.”
“I wanted to debunk the old adage that ‘those who can't do, teach,’ by showing the creativity, skill, and dedication of these educators,” said Sulfur’s studio and exhibitions coordinator, Jennifer Moss, one of Sulfur’s three co-founder’s and an artist/educator herself.
“Several artists that we've worked with in the past are also art educators,” Moss added, “and we just felt like it would be a great way to showcase their artistic talents outside the classroom. They may not have time to put together larger bodies of work for solo exhibitions, but they are active, working artists and we wanted to highlight that. We reached out to the artists we had worked with before and asked them to share the invite with their colleagues, and we ended up with over 15 artists from a dozen public and private schools in Chatham County.”
The show will feature work spanning a wide variety of mediums, and styles, including, “realistic and abstract paintings and drawings, collage and assemblage with found materials, as well as functional ceramics and sculptural works,” said Moss.
“My students’ enthusiasm to learn about different styles of art and art history makes me want to become a better artist myself and learn with them,” said Olivia Morrison-Bressler, an educator at Tybee Maritime Academy. “The children’s work inspires me to practice my own, along with sharing my knowledge of art and art history.”
When asked what she’s gained as an artist from her work as an educator Paige Byrne, an educator at Southwest Elementary said: “I’ve gained a hunger to stay current in knowing about rising artists both locally and globally.”
“I love being able to teach something I'm passionate about to my students, and in return, they give me the motivation to keep learning and creating,” said Mary Beth Whitecotton, an educator at May Howard Elementary.
Moss said she’s just happy to get these hard working artists some more recognition “I'm just excited to have a chance to expose another facet of these talented educators, and show a wide range of the creative skills they bring to their classrooms every day.”
Beyond the artist/educators quoted above, the exhibition will also feature work by Kristin Mulzer, Nancy Oosterhoudt, Rosemary Dodson, Miki Duval, Geoff Byrne, Tessa Parker, Jessica Ruffner, Lucinda Dunbar, Napoleon Wilkerson, Lauren Glover, Jillian Luse, and Kimberly Clapham.
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