What advice would you give a new teacher?

“Keep at it, even if you start small. Involve yourself with local (or virtual) artist communities to build relationships and engage in critique. Be kind to yourself if it takes time to accomplish your goals and grow your business. Don’t let fear of rejection keep you from applying to shows, fairs, and residencies. If you don’t at first accomplish something you set out to do, use the experience to motivate you to build your resume, elevate your work, and try again.
-Christina Keith

“ This will sound harsh, but get your job down first.Look for the right situation that works for you. Then you can have a studio practice. Or vice versa. Both are hard. It is extremely difficult to be a beginning teacher, and trying to be an artist as well as a good teacher right off the bat will be dishonest to both your art and your teaching. Don’t short your students or yourself. Once you get the flow, then look into galleries, shows, etc. Still make work, keep your studio, make space. No one is holding your hand, so be free an experiment and make friends in the art and the art education community, there are many beautiful people in both. Have fun, but work hard and get out there and network like your life depends on it. The work will bring the success.”
-Christopher Sweeney

“Balance. A new teacher needs to find it for themselves, but one must balance the two as each feed the other. As an inexperienced or less experienced teacher, that person must devote whatever time and energy necessary to learn and become an effective teacher first. That takes precedence. But that teacher will then need to continue to go to galleries and exhibitions, read, study, and continue to make personal art to stay energized and inspired and relevant. Being an Art educator is a special career choice that is constantly evolving as society, technology, and trends in pedagogy change, but I think it’s difficult to be a great Art teacher without first being an artist.”
-Chris Yee