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TEACHING ART HAS the power to shape lives. University of South Africa art academic and practising artist Koos van der Watt was fiercely creative on so many different levels. Working with everything from printmaking and performance, filmmaking to music, he took his capacity to grow young artists seriously but infused everything he did with a sense of humour. He died on April 28, 2019, from leukaemia. He was 75.
A teacher to his core, van der Watt started his professional life studying education in Pretoria, where he obtained a diploma in art teaching. But he felt very strongly about forbidding his students to become “photocopies” of himself, and he insisted that they follow their own ideas, and push vehemently beyond their boundaries and comfort zones, but above all, to be honest with themselves. And in criticising student work he was always careful to make it clear that the comments were never personal, but were…
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