Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Art Room Is Finished!

. . . well, almost. I'm not sure if I'll ever truly be finished. I'll always find an image or resource that I will want to hang up. I, as well as most teachers, constantly collect different materials and art related nick nacks. For the most part though, my room is finished!

I love having a word wall. Because I have multiple grades in one day, and limited time, I put up all of my words at once. I would like to put a word up as it's introduced, but that would be a lot of putting up and taking down.

This year I also get to implement my dream bulletin board. The artist of the week board! I have wanted to do this board in the past, but I didn't have the space. Each week I will put up a new image with facts about the artist. I will also try to tie them into the lessons if possible. The first two weeks we will be working on portraiture, so this board will fit in nicely. 

I of course have the class rules posted front and center. They include being safe, respectful, and always do your best with a great attitude. 

To the left of the board is where I display the lesson's essential questions and standards. I hot glued clothesline clips to the wall so that I could easily change out the questions and standards. I write them up and put them in the red folder for easy access. I know a lot of teachers have their own system, and some are a little bit easier to use, but this is what works for me.

Can I just say right now how absolutely excited I am to have cabinets! This is something I have not had in the past. I'm such an organizer and labeler that I have put a list of contents on each cabinet door. I taped sheet protectors to the door and inserted a typed list of contents. I like to keep a running inventory and what's great about this is if I run out of a supply, like glue sticks, I can write in dry erase marker on the sheet that I need more. That way, whenever I get a chance to order supplies I'll know what I need.

View from the door.

My desk. I love my desk! From the MOMA calendar to my Batman pen holder, I love my desk. On pinterest I saw a tutorial on how to make large tissue paper pom poms. I thought they would be a great elements to hang above each table to color code them. It took me 30 minutes to make each one. I had them hanging and got many compliments. I also got an education in fire safety and was told that I couldn't have anything hanging from the ceiling. My fellow teachers will understand when I say this, but if you didn't know, flexibility comes with the job. I thought to myself, "What am I going to do with these now, cause I am so not getting rid of them?" I decided to use them to decorate my desk. I really like it, and I've gotten compliments for this as well.

This is my color board. I hand made all of the elements except for the border. It took a while, but I think it was worth it. I did however run out of border if you didn't notice. Guess who went to the teacher store over the weekend. This girl. 

Now I have to give credit to The Bees Knees Cousin. I got the idea for the style of the art element posters from her blog. I enjoyed how clean and minimal they were. I am a minimalist at heart after all. 

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  1. Your classroom looks awesome! I would have loved to learn art in that room from a teacher like you when I was a kid. Remember Ms. Schmidt at Liberty? Not at all the same experience! I hope you have a great year at your new school.

  2. this looks wonderful! Keep up the awesome work Tanya! I have a question many tables do you have? I have really old science lab tables that are huge, and so i don't have space for a carpet...but I would love one, and it looks like these tables work great for the space....

    1. I have six hexagon shaped tables. They're actually two trapezoids put together. I like to have only four to a table so that each student has enough room to create. I however have three tables with five chairs because I have a couple of classes that 27 students in them. If they get too crowded I can always move the three students to the large brown table under the word wall.

  3. Your room looks great! I have to get up to my rooms this week and get supplies unpacked and my bulletin boards up. Thanks for sharing how you display your essential questions! I helped to re-write our visual arts curriculum last school year and we are now using Big Ideas and Essential questions. I have been thinking about how I am going to display them for my classes and be able to switch them out for different grades. Your clip idea is great! I can't hang anything from the ceilings anymore either because of fire codes. We also have a limit on how much and where we can display work in the hallways and the room. It makes me crazy sometimes!

    1. Thanks! I'm glad I could be of some help. We also can only have 25% of our walls covered. I've only been putting stuff up for a couple of days and it's already making me a little crazy. I'm glad to know there's someone out there in the same boat as me.

    2. 25%, that's it for us too! Every year we are given different directions on how to figure out our "25%" Only on the cork strips or bulletin boards, not ceiling to floor, yes you can have it ceiling to floor just leave a 3 ft break between projects, can't decorate your door, can decorate your door...let's make up our mind here people! It's ridiculous! The rules change in each school I am in also!