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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


My first (or best) attempt at monoprinting...

I went to an open house this weekend for a local art center, and went to the monoprinting demo. I was a little late, so I missed the actual demo. I hadn't realized it would be a 5 minute demo, and then the rest of the time you do it. So, when I got there, I felt too anxious to just dive in and try it out. I wanted to watch - but i was one of very few people watching, and an hour into it, the only observer, so I felt anxious and left. But, I decided to try it out at home.

While I was there, I asked a woman who was also watching if she'd taken any classes there, and we got to talking. One of the other things the instructor was teaching was woodcuts. I'm too clutzy to do woodcuts, but I have been doing linocutting (you cut a design into a piece of linoleum and use it to print) as the linoleum is a lot softer, and thus safer. I mentioned this and the woman was like, "Oh yeah, I cut out my own stamps all the time." Ouch. It's not making stamps, it's linocutting! The way she said it made it sound so pedestrian.

One thing that amazed me about the class was that the teacher was so incredibly patient. I don't know how he did it. It was a good reminder to me to be patient with my students this quarter. It is hard though because, although I am glad I have a joblet, I really really do not want to teach. In fact, after my last teaching gig, I would have been happy to never teach again.* I'm just tired of teaching. Well, not teaching - just all the management stuff and all the attitudes and entitlement. I'm tired of being so excited about the material and my methods and my super fun exercises and feeling like I am teaching people who could not care less. I'm tired of students who expect As for existing. Students haven't always been this difficult and this increasing difficultness is making me less and less enthused about teaching. Hopefully this crop of students will be different.

* at least, not teach undergrads.


At 6:47 PM, Anonymous sheepish said...

It's a lot easier to be patient if your students actually want to be there. Not so much if they don't want to be there AND are annoying.


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