Since we are starting a brand new year, I thought I would post some pictures of my classroom set up. Some show my basic organizational strategies, some are wall displays, discipline, etc. I would love to see your rooms! If you have pictures, leave your blog address so that we can check out your space. I am always looking for new ways to organize my room.
Art books and book jackets displayed above cabinets. We are not allowed to use this space for storage- it is against fire code. So I use it as display space. No wasted space!!
I have 8 really large tables. It is very hard to find a good placement for them all. I have tried placing them together to great larger tables. This year, I am going with this configuration. We will see how this works once we get going on projects...
My elementary students have a hard time grasping the concept that glaze changes (sometimes drastically!) once it is fired. Therefore, one year, I decided to create a visual for them. A dab of each color that I had (I try to keep up as I order new and fun colors) with the name next to it. Then as we work on a clay project, they can go see what the color will look like on their finished project.
Outside of the artroom: art career awareness. I try to change this out once a month. Our school really focuses on career awareness, so this is my contribution.
I post my daily objectives outside my door. I got tired of having little fingers erase my board, so I bought a cheap shower curtain. I cut it to fit the board and strategically placed pieces of velcro around the outside. Now I can just lift the plastic when I need to change the objectives. So much easier and less frustration!!
Each table is labeled with an artist. This is how I call tables to get materials, line up, etc. I also xeroxed basic drawing tips (lines, patterns, shapes, facial proportions) and hung them on hooks at each table. Now there is a quick reference at their fingertips!