This blog is part of a PhD research project into the artist teacher in the classroom. What difference does it make in the classroom for the art teacher to practice as an artist? This is supposed to be part of the analysis phase and should be about sharing the research a bit and garnering some comments on what is going on in the classroom. The art room is in a middle school in Lowestoft in Suffolk on the east coast of the UK. Year 6 are about ten to eleven years old, year seven eleven to twelve and year eight are twelve to thirteen. The school faces closure in July 2011 due to the reorganisation of schools in Suffolk.