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Recently I was asked to make a sign for the 4th of July Parade with one day’s notice. Of course, I said yes. I love being positive, helpful, and useful to my friends and colleagues. Plus, the art teacher in me just can’t help herself!
This got me thinking though: There are some activities that art teachers continually get asked to do over and over again. Sign Making – Check. We’ve all been there… and lets be honest… it can be frustrating!
Another is picking out paint colors for friends and families homes. I don’t help myself at all by owning one of these puppies (I scored one by being super nice to the contractors who were remodeling our school building.) Of course, they let me keep it.
Yeah, this paint sample deck has really come in handy a time or two, but I prefer using it for my OWN projects, not for other people’s projects. Picking out paint colors is stressful, even with an art background. Actually, it’s one of my LEAST favorite things to do in my own home. Helping someone else make decisions they must live with (and stare at) for the next 10 years makes me get all clammy. Oh the agony.
As art teachers there are things that only we are asked to do. We are THE art teacher, the only one (according to the rest of the word) who can perform all creative tasks in our school and home. Sometimes, however, I find the requests to be silly, degrading, and lets face it, a little annoying!
What is something you are constantly being asked to do for other people because you are ‘the art teacher’?
Do you like being asked, or is it usually more of a burden?
Oh, by the way: Can I borrow some paint? Thanks. I’ll bring it right back… I promise….