Artists Who Teach and How It Influences Their Work

For many artists, teaching is an important part of their career. It can provide inspiration, community, and a steady income, but balancing it with one’s own work can be challenging. I asked several prominent painters who teach to share their thoughts about the effects teaching has on their practice as artists. Sadie Valeri runs a successful atelier in San Francisco, teaches online classes, and has created numerous educational painting videos. She discusses the balance needed in order to pursue her own work: “Every single day I teach, I am reminded of the sense of awe that compels us to create, and I see in my students those moments of a suddenly deeper understanding. But teaching does not pr

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