My middle school art classroom is set up with large wooden tables that seat
four students. These tables are about 30 years old and still look okay.
Tables that have cubbies for books underneath only provide kids with a place to
stuff trash and wrappers! My students sit on stools that have wooden seats
with metal legs. I like stools because they are different from regular
Two very important considerations for the art classroom are good storage and
adequate sink space. I have two very large sinks with three spigots each.
You'll need a good drying rack and space to store and dry clay projects
under construction. It is also helpful to have extra worktables to accommodate
your paper cutter, presses, or other supplies. A horizontal flat file for
storing art prints is an asset too.
Set up your classroom like a studio and treat your kids like artists! They
just might rise to meet your expectations!