Saturday, April 2, 2016

What the Art Teacher Wore #158

What's a "Monday"?: I've not been to school or seen the likes of a Monday in almost two weeks due to some art teacher conventionin  and spring breakerin . It was hard gettin' my Monday-on but with the help of my new most favorite sweater in the world, I did aight. head scarf, blouse and skirt: thrifted; sweater: Buffalo Exchange; belt: Amazon; tights: Target; boots: Anthropologie

I'm not even gonna sugar coat it for y'all: This was the best/worst week I've seen in a long time. I sprouted more gray hairs and counted down to summer/retirement more times than I'm proud to admit. But the happy highlights like an amazing visiting artist and a happy write-up in the Tennessean balanced out the cray. Thank goodness. Cuz it turns out I got a whole lotta years before I can start slingin' back the Metamucil and hangin' in my pj's all day (which is how I plan to spend my retirement. Don't judge). 
Let's talk about the good stuff, shall we? A coupla weeks ago, our local newspaper, The Tennessean sent photographer Shelley Mays and reporter Melanie Balakit to my art room to snap some pics and do some interviewing. Melanie and I chatted at length about my love for creating artist-inspired clothing that I wear in my art room. You can read the article here. Shelley even came to my house and visited my sewing room (pictured above) which was so fun AND meant that I spent a good part of my Saturday frantically cleaning my otherwise disturbingly messy abode before she arrived. It was such a wonderful opportunity to chat and share what I love. Special thanks to Shelley, Melanie and The Tennessean for making me look and sound less crazy than I truly am! 
 Murphy's Law Tuesday: Y'all. If it was gonna go wrong, it most certainly did on this day.  Between an assembly, a fire drill and a visit from the Fire Marshall herself, the day pretty much imploded after the first bell. I just kept applying more red lipstick and attempted to smile thru the trauma. In other news, CAN YOU BELIEVE HOW FREAKISHLY PERFECT MY ART TEACHERIN' DRESS IS?! sweater and scarf: thrifted; dress: vintage, etsy; belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing; tights: Targs; shoes: Fluevog 
Wednesday, Whatever: After Tuesday, I was all, it can't get ANY worse. Brang it, Wednesday. sweater and headscarf: Anthro, thrifted; skirt: Anthro, not-thrifted; belt: Amazon; tights: ya know, Targs; shoes: aren't they the best thing everz? Aldo
 Thursday, I Always Did Like You: As a kid, Thursdays were always my fave because that's when the Cosby Show aired. Not gonna lie: highlight of that show was seeing what wild outfit Lisa Bonet (aka Denise) would be wearing. She was always my fave. splatter paint dress: made by me! DIY here; sweater: thrifted; shoes: Clarks; palette hair clip: DIY here
 A big part of what made my Thursday awesome was a visit from artist Richard Heinsohn! He's an abstract artist from Nashville who had plenty to share with a third grade class. The absolutely loved him! I mean, check out these smiles...
 After learning about Richard's style of abstract painting, the kids got a taste of their own. I can't wait to share with you what they created. This is the second time my artists have had the chance to learn from a local contemporary artist and I'm so happy that they've had the opportunity. I can tell it's going to have a lasting impact. 
Fri-YAY: Thank goodness. I love my Fridays as they allow me to really catch up. I've started sorting, stacking and framing student work for our GIANT annual art show which is gonna go down in a lil over a month. Routine panic attacks have already set it. Awesome! pencil dress: made by me, DIY here; pencil sweater: needle felted, more here; giant pencil: made by fourth grade, blog post to come!

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  1. Thanks for all your great posts, lessons, and outfits! Your style is a major influence at what I want to dress and be like as an art teacher! 1 more year and I will have my degree in art ed. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Love, love, LOVE the Mondrian dress!

  3. you are my great modern inspiration! :)

  4. Anonymous4/04/2016

    Great article…congratulations on being celebrated, deservedly so. As working on your dresses has put a little get-up-and-go into your days of teaching, YOU help do that for me each week, Cassie. I work in a small private school and have no "district" or "art teacher colleagues". As a hard-working mama, I am busy with my own family in my "off time" (??). I rely heavily on internet blogs to "connect" with like-minded people and their ideas. [[Shhhh, but you are my favorite (& it's just not our shared adoration of Pee Wee's style, although that's a little bit of it).]] Your positive energy shines right through my computer and inspires me. So without getting all sappy on my keyboard…let me finish with just a big 'ol thank you.

    1. Kirstin1/11/2018

      Amen!! And I too teach art at a small private school. Cassie, your resource here and vivacious style and spirit are incredible! Truly inspiring!

  5. would it be possible to post a link to this belt i'm seeing in your pictures in various colors? you credit it to amazon?

  6. I'm so inspired by you, your spirit, and your look. I work with children too, love art and am a fashionista. You're a great asset to the teaching community!

  7. Anonymous4/07/2017

    I love your clothes they are soooooooooooooooooo cuteeeeeeeeeee and awsome

  8. Anonymous4/07/2017

    love your ooutfits

  9. Anonymous4/07/2017

    awsome clothes

  10. Anonymous4/21/2017

    sweet clothessssssssssssssssssssss friendddddddddddddddddddddddd

  11. You have inspired me to be more creative and inspirational to the kids with my outfits.... I've been going thru a tough time and need to re create myself. Love your projects but your enthusiasm is just the boost I need to get back to ME. Thanks for sharing your spirit! Patti


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