E.V. Cain STEM Charter Middle School Teacher
Thanks for all of your submissions to the Drawing Academy contest. A lot of you made some great feedback about the “How to Draw” Course.
We really appreciate your constructive critiques, suggestions and personal stories you shared with us. This valuable information will be used to improve the Drawing Academy Video Course.
It is time to announce the Drawing Academy Survey winner!
Out of frustration, I concentrated on photography because I had no faith in my artistic technique and for most of my adult life, I considered myself an artist whose preferred medium was film and eventually, pixels.
As I tell my middle school students, you will never “get” the Mona Lisa until you stand before her. I still remember walking into an Impressionists exhibition and shouting “That’s a Seurat!” I stood transfixed in front of a work of art that actually glimmered! No slide in art history class prepared me for that. I admired the art students across Europe who created fantastic pastel recreations on the sidewalks of big cities and watched in amazement as people would take a few moments out of their busy lives to pause and admire the work, and drop a few coins at the corners of the work.
17 years ago I had the opportunity to go back to college and get a teaching credential here in California. As an afterthought, I added a supplemental authorization to teach art. Five years ago I was assigned as my middle school’s art teacher when our art teacher retired. I was totally miserable as I struggled to demonstrate technique to my students when it had deteriorated to a point where some of my students could draw better than me. Slowly I started to regain what I had lost, but the most significant influence in my teaching came when the school gave all teachers a document camera, including me.
I committed myself to creating 365 artworks in 2013. On the days when I did art with my students, it was easy. On days where is did not and it was 9:00 in the evening, it was a challenge. As I write this, I am 9 artworks away from my goal. In spite of this accomplishment, I feel I have so much further to go because I have set my personal goal so high. I don’t want to be an artistic person teaching art because I don’t have the skills and confidence to be a full time professional artist. I want to be an artist who chooses to use my talents to teach and inspire my students. I love it when one of my students tells me that I should be an artist because I can tell them that I already am, and so are they.
Eventually I want to exhibit, but right now my priority is to become the best art teacher that my students will ever have.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enter your contest!”