You should know, these are not reasons for teaching art, or reasons for having art, but rather subtle and sometimes under appreciated perks to the job of being an art teacher..
10. WARDROBE MALFUNCTIONS
No one thinks twice when your clothes don't match. or have paint on them. or have holes. or have tape. or coffee. They actually kind of expect it.
9. DUMPSTER DIVING
It is acceptable for you to dumpster dive, in fact people kind of expect it. A big bonus is when you can convince someone else on the faculty to do it with you.
8. MULTI-TASKING MASTER
28 students, 4 different levels, all on different time lines, and with different needs. You can tackle that with only one cup of coffee.
You have a wardrobe of funky aprons that you can use to cover up the spilled coffee, unmatched clothing, or paint stains.
It is never boring! In fact, it is almost like having a different soap opera every period, every day.
5. POWER TOOLS!!!
or hobby knives, hand drills, and coping saws and spray paint.
4. REFINED PALETTE
You have an appreciation for what paste, plaster and clay all taste like.
No explanation really needed.........and in a pinch they serve as makeup as well.
You keep current on all the new slang and the surprised look when you catch students using some of that slang is priceless. "YES, I know what that means, and no... you can NOT say that in here or even talk about it"
and my number one bonus to being an art teacher
It is what keeps usand so many of our students coming back every day to school.
What do you think is the best perk for your job?