Tie-Dye in the Classroom at a Glance

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Tie-dye is the stuff of legends. It’s not only a way to dye fabric, but it is also a lifestyle. Many people harken tie-dye back to the 1960s when music from artists like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin was the rage. However, the roots of the art go way back to ancient Asia. A version of tie-dye can be found in many cultures, but in today’s culture, it is associated with bright and vibrant colors and relaxed vibes. You cannot go to an art fair without seeing a booth filled with fabulously colored garments ready to be worn as art. Because the tie-dye shirt never really goes out of style, it is something you should plan to do with your students.

In the art classroom, however, undertaking tie-dye requires a bit of forethought and planning. The good news is all the time spent gathering supplies and demonstrating is absolutely worth it. It will be a process your students will never forget! In a previously published article, A Step-by-Step Guide to Tie-Dye in the Classroom, you can find all the directions and encouragement you need to get started. When complete, students will be proud of their success. As they wear their tie-dyed shirt to school, they become not only a walking piece of art, but also a mouthpiece of what an amazing educator you are!

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Megan Dehner

Megan Dehner, an art and Spanish language educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She believes in empowering art teachers with resources and knowledge to overcome barriers students may face in the art room.

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