11 Awesome Art Teacher Accessories You Need in Your Wardrobe Right Now

Art teachers are different. Our creative profession gives us license to have a bit more fun with fashion than most. I mean, have you seen the fabulous Cassie Stephens? I rest my case. Since I’ve opted to rock a uniform in lieu of ruining my wardrobe at work, I enjoy donning art related accessories to highlight my love of art instead. With minimal effort, they add a bit of panache. Plus, they are a great way to profess my passion for art and generate unexpected conversations with my students.

Accessorizing like only an art teacher can gives me a chance to show off my funky side while also supporting independent artisans I appreciate and companies whose mission I believe in. Also, it’s just a good time! Some mornings you just need to put something on that brings a smile to your face.

Here are some of my favorite art teacher accessories to brighten your day.

1. Wearable Reference Materials

These are a great way to sport useful information. My favorites include Primary Color & Value Scale Earrings by Yellow Owl Workshop. They also sell a necklace and a lapel pin, but since the color layout isn’t correct, I prefer the earrings. I don’t want to promote misinformation, no matter how cute. You could also wear the earrings as pins if you prefer. There are no rules.

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2. Colorful Footwear

This can put an extra bounce in your step. My favorites are Miss L. Fire Rainbow Wedges, these super fun Pencil Flats, or splashy paint-splattered sneakers. The other obvious option is to DIY a pair yourself… we are art teachers after all!

3. Art-Related Pins

These make for impromptu mini art history lessons and sometimes, a laugh. Pins are all the rage right now, so they are easy to find. Popglory has a great fun Magritte emoji pin, but Etsy is where you want to go for the mother lode of options. From Shrinky Dinks to hand carved wood pins, you’ll find it all here.

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4. Artsy Totes or Bags

These beauties make lugging all the junk you collect back and forth bearable. Carry all those little extras in here and you’ll never confuse your bag with another teacher’s in the lunch room.

5. Masterpiece Lanyard

If we have to wear a lanyard, let it be beautiful. My school requires teachers to wear an I.D. badge around their necks. Why not jazz that standard school-provided lanyard up a bit?

6. Statement Tumbler

This can help you stay hydrated while reminding people what you do is not child’s play. It’s good to have a clearly marked drinking vessel when you have lots of children in and out of your room. No need to share any more germs than necessary by accidentally sharing a drink! Plus, having a reusable vessel of one kind or another is more eco-friendly.

7. Masterpiece Ties

Have to wear a tie to work? Man, that’s rough. Well, why not wear a masterpiece around your neck? This debonair tie changes the game. You may even want to include this awesome Arcimboldo tie tack for extra style points.

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8. Temporary Tattoos

These offer zero commitment and wearable fun! Some of my favorites include Tattly Color Burst and CMYK Temporary Tattoos. If your students are anything like mine, it will cause a minor twitter panic when you show up with one of these on your wrist. It’s one way to get them talking about the color wheel!

9. Art Socks

Because I’m fairly sure Warhol would approve. Why stop with Pop Art? There are entire sites devoted to art socks. Even with the most conservative of dress codes you could rock these socks and have an art party under wraps.

10. Iron on Artist Patches

Etsy has a proliferation of awesome iron on patches related to both artists and the field of art. I have bedazzled many a uniform with them. Plus, they are a remarkably awesome way to cover any art accidents your wardrobe inevitably encounters. Shh… I’ll never tell.

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11. Art Teacher Tees

This is becoming a small movement. On Fridays, many art teachers now rock their favorite art related tee. Add this to the rotation because aren’t we all a bit crazy? Art teacher tees are also a great way to introduce kids to budding artists you find interesting. It’s one affordable way students can begin to collect and support the arts.

Being an art teacher is fun stuff and getting to accessorize colorfully is only one small part of it.

Enjoy living on the fashion fringe and accessorize like the original you are. Your students will love you for it. As an added bonus, it may reinforce how cool it is when people embrace their individuality and creative spirit.

What’s your favorite art teacher accessory? Where do you find fun art teacher embellishments?

What is the wildest thing you’ve worn to school? Share a photo!

Lee Ten Hoeve

Lee is an energetic PreK - 8th-grade art educator in an urban district. She’s passionate about making art a core subject and employing curiosity to engage learners. 

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  • Kathy Gerdts-Senger

    Zazzle.com has lots of T-shirts with artists work already printed on them and are great reminders of artists children have had in class in the past!

    • Ingrid Crepas

      Look up Yizzam tees and clothing on amazon. Yes, they include pug faces or whatnot, but search a little to find fine art reproductions on comfy Ts. They keep their bright colors and don’t smudge or shrink at all, only downside is they do pill a little bit. I have about 5 of them! I will check out zazzle, too.

      • Lee Ten Hoeve

        Thanks, I’ll check that site out Ingrid. I appreciate you sharing!

    • Lee Ten Hoeve

      So true, thanks for sharing.

    • Lauren Luna

      Sunfrog tees has almost any topic you can come up with for shirts too.

  • Becky D.

    These are good ideas! My uniform is generally jeans and a black tshirt. I could definitely punch it up a bit.

    • Lee Ten Hoeve

      I love a uniform but sometimes we need a little pick me up.

  • Lauren Luna

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37e63f9e89488d0c61c17a0df7172204b91ce57d5e8a141cec485c1143a99092.jpg Being an art teacher is the best thing ever! The majority of my outfits are art related! From Starry Nights shirts, to Painting is my Whole Life shirts, to dressing up with the Case of the Stripes! You can’t beat it for anything!

    • Lee Ten Hoeve

      Agreed, Lauren. I applaud you. This is INCREDIBLE! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mary Vatnsdal

    My favorite accessory is my water glass (straw cup). It can have the insert picture changed out, and the first week of classes I have my students design an insert for me. It’s required to include my name, and I change it out every day. Original art every day and the kids love seeing who’s design I have each day!