I'm quite serious about teaching art, and feel that it's not merely a job, but a calling.
I'm quite serious about teaching art, and feel that it's not merely a job, but a calling. Though I realize accepted wisdom is to concentrate on one medium, my job requires that I work and teach in several. Teacher burn-out isn't a problem when one has the opportunity to switch mediums every day. How many people get paid to do what they love?
Julie Marks Blackstone, OBU's 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, teaches primarily high craft: ceramics, fibers, and stained glass, with color theory and the occasional figure drawing class thrown in for a change of pace. Perhaps best known for her textile/fiber art, with her "Knotty Girl” works created using a French Knot embroidery technique with embellishments, Blackstone, has had work accepted in numerous shows, winning awards on both a regional and national level, including Fiberworks (“Best of Show three times) and Handweavers' Guild of America (Award for Excellence twice.)