Saturday, August 30, 2014

Organizing Table Supplies..

This year I want to try having a spot for everything in my room.  This is one example.  Each of the tables are colored and I have created supply kits for them.  I think it will be nice to have them stored away from the table so that the kids don't have to deal with supplies that are not needed for the class period. I also think this will work well after school because I'm often sharing my space with community ed and other programs. 

When I came into this room there was a large paper storage unit.  It had a lot of paper that was never used on it, and the whole thing was kind of just taking up space.  I took out the paper and a lot of the shelved.  I then covered the remaining shelves with scrapbook paper to match the table colors.  Then started filling the containers with supplies.  I have a source who can cut plastic with a laser engraver.  He designed a plastic sheet to help organize my glue and scissors.

 The plastic sheet sits in the grove of the inexpensive containers. 

 I had already planned on a cup to fit in the divider.  This is holding the glue sticks.

 The scissors for big and small hands fit in the holes on each side of the container.

 The glue white glue goes in the middle as shown.

On either side of the the buckets I have a picture of what I want the bin to look like when it is returned.  I also have a color hint on each end to reminder the kiddos where they can return the bin.  One more color hint I used was spray painting the top of the plastic sheet.

The bins are returned to the supply space when finished. 

Most often my students will need pencils.  I sprayed pencil containers to go below the glue/scissor bins.  Again, they will be used and returned in the way they got them.  I will have pictures above the area to show kids my expectations. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Colored and Numbered Tables

As I have mentioned, I'm using colors to identify my tables.  I saw this great idea on a facebook page for art teacher, but I don't know who it came from (if it's you, please post).  I placed a paint chip in the center of the table and added numbers for each seat at the table.  I can see me using this in a lot of ways.  Maybe for lining up, jobs, review...  I think the numbers in addition to the colors will be a tool I will be able to use often. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome to the Art room - Open House night

Tonight's open house night at Hassan Elementary.  I plan on opening my classroom up to families and inviting them in for art activities.  I'm hoping by creating a fun space for the kids right away, it will make it exciting to come to art class.

Update:  I am amazed at how well this worked.  There were lot's of families in my room checking out the station.  I was able to talk to parents as the kids played with the fun activities.  The families of Hassan are amazing!!  I can't wait to work with their kids!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Monsters are Home

The Monsters are home!!  I'm so excited to have all the monsters finally displayed in my classroom.  This is going to be  a great project for the kids.  I can't wait to see how my little experiment goes.  It has already got some reaction from staff and students as they have been visiting.  I'm glad it has become such a focal point of the art room. 

I have included some art tags.  They are simple.  I don't have the sized of the work listed, or the sale price.  Other than that, it's a good jumping off point for the kids to get to know how to read about the art in a gallery. 

Organizing Storage

I was inspired by Alicia's post (on Aug. 20th, 2014)  on The Art of Education site.  She shows a couple of ways to use containers that are free to be a solution to storage.  I was lucky enough to find spray paint on sale as I prepared my room this year.  As I set up my new room I'm trying to be very thoughtful of how I'm setting it up.  I want to make this room visually appealing as well as functional.

Spray painting between meetings.

I used metal coffee cans for the big containers.  These are holding the large markers.  The smaller containers are baby formula containers.  I put the skinny markers on in them.  Typically I don't keep these two items because they do not stack and they take up too much room but they are perfect for this situation. I decided to plays them on the window sill, there is just enough room.