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Artists train the next generation of artists. To the uninitiated, this system might seem mysterious, even bizarre. Communities of idiosyncratic creative individuals pass on a lineage that stretches back to some French caves, further perhaps. A life spent as an artist is remarkable enough. A life spent as artist and as an educator of future artists is extraordinary. This essay is a tender reflection of the joy and honour of being one link in the chain.

Keywords: Barney Rubenstein; Peabody Essex Museum; Salem MA; Zen; art college; painting; teaching; visual language; ‘Painting Summer in New England’

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Publication date: August 24, 2011

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  • The scope of the journal is broad and is aimed at facilitating a wide spectrum of perspectives. It is essentially a medium for engaging the rich and multifaceted process of learning and teaching art that takes place in the classroom, studio, and beyond. However, the seriousness of journal is not out weighed by making critical topics accessible and readable to a large constituency of readers. It is a forum to be reflective on the process of creating and teaching art, embrace teaching art in a variety of contexts, engage art appreciation experiences, share scholarship in teaching artistry, and celebrate the rich traditions of art making and teaching.
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