Now we have made it into the classroom, and to your left and right you’ll see our Masterpiece Gallery.
These frames aren’t for classwork. These frames are for the random pieces of art that children love to give the teacher. I know over the years of teaching, I would average at least 3-4 new drawings a week. Now there is a place for the students to have them on display, and get that moment in the spotlight.
As we move on, we come to the front of the room, where one of the most important posters is hanging.
Any teacher will tell you of the struggle to get children to remember to write their names on their art. So they have a huge visual reminder that it is needed. The giant crayon is my son’s old crayon bank hot glued to the poster board. The majority of my posters were made with tee shirt puffy paint. I’ve found it to make really cool textures.
Classroom jobs, will correspond with colored stickers on the chairs, and Art Catchup day is when students need to make up work.
These posters and those below are hanging at the front of my room.
The super awesome, Keep Calm and Teach Art canvas, was once a shirt. But after a war with some bleach, it became a wall hanging.
Palette clock I just couldn’t say no to.
And on to my teacher area.
This is very much unfinished because there’s not much there, and all teachers have a ton of stuff in their areas!
On the left are framed photocopies of my Masters degrees, as well as a little collage I put together for some college spirit. I like to let students know that they can actually go to college for art, so that they won’t be afraid to pursue it, as they are encouraged to go to college. I’ve also hung a few paintings I’ve made, drawings of my family, and a newspaper article I was in. My name is on the wall very large so that the students will have that reminder, and also photos of sneakers that I painted on go all around the border of the room.
I bought a wonderful art word wall from Teachers Pay Teachers, but needed an effective storage system. So the new word wall storage box was made with a cracker box and duct tape! Seal the box shut with tape and with and X-acto blade cut three sides. VIOLA! Storage! I used the cardboard sheet that comes with construction paper for the dividers and added clear packing tape on the inside for reinforcement.
Make sure to swing by Rhythm and Glues, a elementary music and art blog by two fabulous fellow district Fine Art teachers!