I’m an Art Teacher – and Proud of it!

If you had to define our role as art educators in a few short words or images, how would you do it? There are so many misconceptions about teaching art, and also so many wonderful things we are proud to share.

Here is our humble attempt to summarize a few of the different ways the world views art teachers!



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What makes ‘what you do’ in the art room special?

Any funny misconceptions that others have about you? 

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Lisa

    Several years ago I was having lunch in the high school teacher’s lounge and we were all talking about getting our semester exams ready. A math teacher looked at me and asked “What could you possibly put on a semester exam?” I was flabbergasted at first and then replied,”Much the same as you, vocab, comprehension, problem solving plus some art history”. I knew outsiders didn’t think art was a real class but I was surprised that my colleagues didn’t think real teaching and learning were going on.

  • Jenny

    My principal recently commented to me and a second grade class the what I do is “the fun stuff”. I’m hoping that’s not all she sees and have put extra effort into making connections to CC and visual literacy just for her!!!! But yes I do get to do the fun stuff!!!! That’s why I luv my job!!!

  • Mary Jo Allegra

    Lately, I have experienced situations similar to what both Lisa and Jenny describe. I have come to learn to accept that we have no control over the misconceptions that others may have about our field. What we can control are our own values and beliefs. So, I go on believing that my job is the most important job and go above and beyond because, well, my job is the most important one out there.

  • Happy in preschool

    I teach preschool and would give anything to work with an artist and art teacher. What you do is the most important thing! Many in the field are recognizing it, but the tradition or school culture makes it difficult for others to see.
    I’ve been reading the book, Creating an Innovator.
    Every child should have art throughout their education!

  • Jill

    I wish I could figure out how to post this on Facebook!