Weekend Showcase: Robbin Gallery Showcases Dist. 281 Teachers
Some teachers are also artists. And some artists are also teachers.
From now through October 23 the Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale will feature the exhibition “Artists who Teach.” It’s a collection of works from various Robbinsdale School District art teachers. The work on display showcases the teachers’ chosen mediums, styles, and creative spirit.
“For this show I went a little hog wild. I was excited because I’d been doing the student shows for so long,” said Moriah Thielges.
Thielges works for the Robbinsdale School District as an art teacher. Currently she teaches art to elementary school children.
“Having an opportunity to show off all of my art in the room, in the basement, wanting to get some fresh air. I was like, let’s do it. We’re taking all of it,” said Thielges.
There are many different mediums on display from water color to photography, acrylic, and mixed media.
“I dabble in a lot of different mediums. Even if the theme is the same. I wanted to pull some pieces from different categories of that,” said Thielges.
Moriah has also enjoyed seeing what her fellow teachers are up to.
“We spend all the time with colleagues talking about how to structure the lessons. Maybe what we specialize in teaching. But we don’t often talk about our own art. So it was fun to kind of see the expertise that is always there,” said Thielges.
You never know what other artists are doing away from the classroom.
Little did we know
“I’ve been working with some of these people for 8 years. And then I get to see a whole new side of them. And that’s really fun for me too,” said Thielges.
She expresses sentiments of many artists who teach.
“’Id spend all day making art with the kids. And I go home and I make art all the time with that too. You can’t just flip the switch off. I need to keep making it,” said Thielges.
Thielges says the show is a good representation of District 281 art teachers.
“This group of individuals is so passionate about what they do. What it is that they bring to teaching. You know, again, its something we spend all day doing. And we go home and we want to do more of it. Cause we just can’t get enough,” said Thielges.