Teaching creativity

REENFIELD — Superman — that’s what his colleagues call him.

They look at Jeff Weiland, an art teacher at Greenfield-Central High School, and see a man whose dedication seems to know no bounds.

In addition to the nine-plus hours a day Weiland spends as an art teacher at Greenfield-Central, he takes on private in-home art lessons every other week, packs his summer full with artistic and technical supervision of the Hancock County Children’s Theatre program and still finds enough time left over for the personal creativity needed to participate in a number of central Indiana art fairs.

Leaping tall buildings in a single bound doesn’t seem that far-fetched, all things considered.

Weiland has taught art at Greenfield-Central for 26 years. As part of a three-teacher team, he teaches 3-D Art, Digital Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Art History and Advanced Placement 3-D Studio Art.

Even with the long hours spent in his classroom every day and a family that includes four children ages 15 to 23 and three foster children (aged 1, 3 and 4), he still finds time to pursue his own artistic endeavors in his home studio in Knightstown.

“I don’t deer hunt, I don’t fix cars, I don’t gamble,” Weiland said, “Art is my release and my relaxation. I go into my

About this series

“Artists among us” is an occasional series about creative people with Hancock County connections.