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15 Memes Only Art Teachers Will Understand

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All art teachers have their challenges. But some things are specific to art teachers: the messy paintbrush left in the sink, remembering 500 different students on conference night, the struggle to keep your room organized when people are constantly bringing you “donations.” These are the things of art teacher nightmares.

But, at the same time, we love our jobs. After all, we get to help students develop their creativity by making beautiful artwork! Being an art teacher is amazing and exhausting all at the same time. If you’re feeling stressed, here’s a little humor to help you out and let you know you’re not alone.

The Life of An Art Teacher as Told Through Memes

Art teachers are magical creatures full of rainbows and glitter.

unicorn barfing
Original image via Know Your Meme

Sometimes, we may go a bit overboard when collecting art materials.

messy meme
Original image via Slate

However, we love a great art pun.

if it ain't baroque meme
Image via artpromotivate

Or two.

oh the hue manatee meme
Gif via We Know Memes

Or three.

Monday Lisa
Meme via

We have our struggles,

full moon meme
Original image via Wikipedia

and we rise to meet them.

frida kahlo meme
original image via ArtyFactory

There are things that annoy us,

munch meme
Original image via KODE

and, sometimes, the art teacher life gets frustrating.

medusa meme
Original image via WikiArt

But there are also moments of unexpected freedom.

class on a field trip meme
Original image via galleryIntell

We work to teach our students the ways of the artist.

apron meme
Meme via iPadArtRoom

and we “bring it,” every single day,

demo meme
Image via Wikipedia

all while finding time to work on our own art.

painting and death meme
Image via ME.ME

We may be tired at the end of the week,

4pm Friday meme
original image via WikiArt

but, in the end…

sound of music meme
original image via

Hopefully, theses memes made you smile! Memes also are perfect for use in the classroom. Check out three ways to use them and try this fun project while you’re at it!

Did these memes put a little more pep in your step? If you’re looking for more ways to feel content in your classroom, be sure to check out the Curbing Art Teacher Burnout PRO Learning Pack. You’ll discover simple steps and routines to keep yourself feeling energized throughout the school year. Learn effortless strategies for expediting your grading and whittling down your to-do list with efficient prepping and flipped classroom content!

Do you have any good art memes? Post one (or 10) in the comment section!

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Melissa Purtee

Melissa Purtee is a high school art educator and a former AOEU Writer. She is passionate about supporting diversity, student choice, and facilitating authentic expression.

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