As an art teacher I always get into the materials and often my clothes get
I feel however that as a teacher and a professional I should dress
appropriately to set a good example as a role model. In business, people are
generally more comfortable with clean well dressed people. Think of the
people you buy cars, stereos, from. Think of the doctors and dentists your
I believe an art teacher, professional artists, photographers etc. should
operate their buisnesses the same way. The myth of the sloppy, happy go
lucky, scattered brained artist is just a myth. All of the professional
artists and photographes that I've assisted always maintained neat, organized
uncluttered studio, working spaces and offices as well as personal
appearance. A place for everything, and everything in its place.
Jeans, sweatpants to me are not acceptable for a working environment anywhere.
Electricians, car mechanics who get filthy, still wear a certain uniform.
So, the dockers or slacks I wear cost $15 in K-mart or Marshalls, so what.
I always wear a shirt and Tie.
But during class time, i wear a smock that began as a lab jacket. After
three years the lab coat has become multi colored and gives me the appearance
of a real hands on arts teacher. But if I have to go to the main office or
meet with a parent, I know I can remove my smock and I am dressed presentable
and neat, although not expensive. And the kids love the variety of ties I
wear, peanuts, batman, dolphins, holidays etc.
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