Sorry, this was just a random thought...
I've been sitting here all day for the past two days or so, working on the first pieces I've done since graduating in May. I've been thinking about graduate school: about how much I miss having access to specific materials, about how much I hated nearly every single minute of it, and all the stupid questions I was asked along the way.
I dwell on things...can't you tell? Anyway, I just remembered a question someone asked me that pissed me off at the time. It still does actually. Why do I consider myself an artist before an educator when my primary degree is in education? I didn't have a good response to the question at the time. I still don't know if I do, but as I sit here working on a paper mache bowl for a new self-portrait, I realized its because I would never ask a student to do something I have never done myself before. Whether they are my 6th graders, my seniors, or my college age students, I cannot justify assigning them a project I have never attempted before. It's not fair to them. And that I think is why I consider myself an artist before I consider myself an educator.
Cliche answer? Maybe, but I thought I'd share it anyways.