TITLE: Where are Snooty Artists Born?
DATE: 3/26/2006 04:37:00 PM
Snooty artists really bug me.
They don’t “get” how connected they are to the craft community. They ignore all comparisons. They walk out of pricing or marketing discussions that veer the least bit toward examples of functional craft work… presumably because it doesn’t ‘pertain’ to them. They can't hold decent conversations with craftspeople. They feel more comfortable talking about obscurities.
I know I’m not the only person who hates artists who hold their noses in the air.
Yet, there a predominantly high percentage is still born each year. Why is that?
Art schools aren’t creating the problem. Perhaps they feed it, but it certainly doesn’t originate there.
Are middle school or high school art programs the issue? Or does it start even earlier – in elementary school?
My art teachers were great. Still, I have met many art teachers who snub their noses up at functional work over “higher” art forms that are more widely accessible. Art teachers have books, slide sets, and videos on Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol… Art through all ages but only art by dead people and, even then, only one side of the story.
To prove my theory that most snooty artists are nurtured and born in K-12 art classes, I looked into some popular teaching resource catalogs. What materials are made most accessible to art teachers?
Results of my informal research? Art teachers have a really tough job! There are many views they can teach, but only a select few prepared professional materials to facilitate their classroom activities.
If we (the collective community who snubs OUR noses at snooty artists) want to see more harmony and cross-pollination in the art and craft worlds, we’re going to need to support the needs of art teachers. We’re going to need to help them understand where function meets fluidity. We’re going to have to ask them to bring art VALUE discussions into the classroom. We’re going to have to take it upon ourselves to re-write the art history textbooks… this time, with the other side of the story.
After all, there are always two sides.