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You Know You Are an Elementary Art Teacher When...


From: Connie (crobbins_brady_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Mar 13 2002 - 15:06:10 PST

Michael Medina, Colorado's Art Educators Assoc. award winner shared these
observations in his acceptance speech at the CAEA Conference. We enjoyed it and
hope you do too! Michael's email:


~ You look closely at your school clothes and you find paint stains on them and most
of them got there from your students showing you their artwork -- and it ends up on
you instead.

~ You sometimes wish you could dress up like the other teachers in your school, but
you remember the paint stains on your school clothes.

~ You are at a nice dinner or something and you realize your fingernails and the
cracks in your hands still have india ink on them from three days ago.

~ On a vacation you buy slides, books or handmade crafts for ideas in your artroom
instead of the normal stuff people buy on vacation.

~ Your classes come to the art room and you hear the famous question, "What are we
making today?" ...and they are excited to be there and will do anything you ask them
to AND they do so enthusiastically!

~ You hear your students say, "You are the best drawer, the best painter, or the
best art teacher they ever had!" And you know that you are the only art teacher they
ever had because you've had them since kindergarten.

~ You hear a student say, "Art is like a recess for your mind!"

~ Your former students tell you that they still have artwork in their room that they
made years ago in your class. Who keeps their math papers for years?

~ You realize that your students are your living tools, your classroom is a moving
canvas -- rich with culture, colors, faces, and experiences from many backgrounds,
and their imagination is the medium which inspires you as their art teacher to be
part of the creation of the beautiful masterpieces that are called ... your

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