Thursday Thirteen #12: 13 Joys of Art Teachers

13. You get to figure out all of the different ways to remove "washable markers" from your hands, clothes, shoes, etc.

12. You get to practice avoiding paper cuts, and when you don't, no one laughs at you for wearing decorated bandages.

11. You get to work with nostalgic art supplies such as Crayola crayons and Elmer's glue, and their distinctive smells, of course.

10. You get to explain why Picasso's people look so "funny" to a room of already giggling 8-year olds.

9. You get to witness the wonder of discovery when watercolor paint hits watercolor paper.

8. You get to be the 'cool teacher' when you give instructions on sewing...with "real needles"! (actual comment overheard after first class in American Girl Doll craft club!)

7. You get to show how, with just markers, water, glue and paper, kids can create beauty.

6. You get to be there when ideas like perspective, shading and overlapping make sense for the first time.

5. You get to show how a lump of clay can become anything a young mind can imagine.

4. You get to be reminded of why you became an artist yourself.

3. You get to spark imaginations, yours included.

2. You get to share your knowledge and love of art, artists and the creative process.

And, if you're lucky,

1. You get to be the person who encourages the next outstanding artistic talent to trust himself or herself enough to make art for the world to enjoy.

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Nap Warden said…
What a great list...I hope you get #1!
Hootin'Anni said…
If I were a kid, with you teaching....whoa, how my mind would become active with your #5!!

Happy T T-ing
ellen b said…
Nice! Happy TT to you...
Nicholas said…
Great List. I envy artistic people because I can't draw or paint to save my life.
greatfullivin said…
Nice List ...Teachers are the best. I have made my living as an artist and my daughter is a potter. I am sure you will inspire many. Happy TT!
jenn said…
Sounds like your students have a wonderful teacher.
Happy TT!
Lori said…
Hmmm . . . 1-4 really hit home. Well-done.
Holly said…
Wish I'd had an art teacher like you when I was a kid.

I also love the smells of the materials! Thought I was the only one.

Lori said…
Great makes you want to be an art teacher:) Now, if I only had talent!! Happy TT.
Emmyrose said…
Very nice list. Hope you'll get your #1
Bloggers said…
My daughter would love to be an art teacher.
Yen said…
This is amazing! My son would love to have you as his art teacher! He loves art:D
Mine is up here;
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Happy TT!
Joyismygoal said…
yours is such a rewarding job one I would love to go to everyday:>
Raggedy said…
That was great!
I don't see anything about scissors. Did they take them away? Kids running with scissors and stuff..LOL
I can't get that Washable Marker ink out of clothes either.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Why do Picasso's people look so funny!?! ;)

Good for you for making an effort to teach art. You are a dying breed!