Before..... I was working primarily as a long term artist-in-residence at public schools. I would cart around art supplies in the back of my car and tote everything in an out of all the classrooms I visited. Supply prep would be done at my kitchen table the night before a residency session, and extra supply items were stored in my basement and in various bags littering my living room. I would work with other teachers in their classrooms, dependent on their set-up of space and management of behavior. While I loved making art with the kids in my residencies, there was a lot of inconvenience associated with the life of an itinerant teaching artist.
Now.... I'm starting my first job as an (almost) full time K-5 Art Teacher at a small charter school in South Philadelphia. I have been given the keys to a virtual kingdom (in my eyes), and have my very own space to teach in. It is stocked with supplies I was able to order for the whole year, and there's storage space for it all. I got to determine the furniture layout and make my own rules and consequences for how students should behave in class. Instead of a look of panic upon my arrival on the faces of my colleagues ("what? our residency session is today?!?") I will get looks of relief from my fellow teachers ("oh, thank heavens I have a moment to catch up and hit the restroom!")
So! Welcome to My Blue Art Room! Anyone who knows me knows BLUE is my favorite color, so how wonderful to walk into my cerulean surroundings last week! I had 3 short afternoons last week to start setting up the room. This is what the room looked like BEFORE:
|my entire supply order was sitting in boxes on the window ledge |
and everything was stacked and stored away for summer.
This is actually a picture from after I arranged the tables, as when I first
arrived everything was clumped into the front corner.
So, here's a tour of the new and improved Blue Art Room:
|I thought a self-portrait would help the students get accustomed to|
seeing a new face in the art room this year.
|This crayon mural gave me grief the first time I tried to hang it.|
PS: there's no substitute for 3M command strips!
|The entrance uses one part of the L for certain kinds of activity|
The light and high ceilings make the art room feel airy.
|the view from my board corner. A 5th table is at the front of the room to the left|
|I drew my own fish and added in some fish from art history|
At the bottom of the board are questions about the artwork
to reinforce the Elements and Principles of Art and Design.
|There's a whiteboard for posting objectives, and I've written|
myself some supply and procedure reminders.
|I've got my first exemplars up too! The whole school is doing|
a collaborative self-portrait mural
A clean, organized, and inviting space is quite important for an art room. Starting off and keeping it cleaned and organized sets the tone for students to help maintain the space. It tells them that it's a safe and orderly place. Having certain materials and tools completely accessible tells them it's a space for them to work and find what they need easily. Having clear visuals around the room makes it easy for students of all language and ability levels follow along. I hope this classroom arrangement will be efficient for me and my students!
We have a long weekend for labor day, and then I see students for the first time on Tuesday!!!!