Perks of being an art teacher:
Get to make art everyday - good, bad and ugly - who cares?
Interact with others making art.
Get to wear your messy clothes and apron.
Paint is usually involved at some point.
Can be involved with the most joy your student has experienced that day.
Having permission to express yourself to your own self in a visual way.
If paint is not involved, clay usually is... bonus points.
Clean up means color mixing in the sink.
People around you are happy.
Kids adore you as you are keeper of the materials.
Magical things happen to those around you spontaneously.
Most days involve lots of smiling people.
You can buy glitter any day of the year.
People give you things "because you are an art teacher" and you could find them useful.
You are a knower of adhesives (ripped straight from Lady Linoleum)
You are allowed to have paint on any clothing you own. And your hair.
Your students make things for you often.
... like the beautiful corsage that Sol Robinson made for me in the photo above.