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Re: [teacherartexchange] Setting up a classroom


Date: Fri Aug 10 2007 - 16:05:07 PDT

That's great that you have the opportunity to set up the art room in a
way that you choose; too often those decisions are made by individuals
that have absolutely no idea of the impact their poor choices have on
your program. I did have the opportunity to purchase new tables five
years ago and worked with a supply rep who had a solid business
relationship with my district. He was able to arrange for me to visit
other school districts or provide me with the names of other teachers
so that I could inspect possible equipment locally. That was invaluable
to me as I was able to get solid recommendations for tables and the
like from people doing the same thing I was.
In considering your equipment, I think it's important to consider what
types of things your students will be doing; how many students will you
need to accommodate in any one period of time; storage and clean-up. I
do a fair amount of ceramics and printmaking and need tables that had a
solid base . I also have my students move their work tables to
accommodate our processes .I chose a laminate table top with a heavy
welded frame. Nothing with braces held in place by screws- too many
times someone will figure out a way to undo them from an upright
On storage, don't forget to have someplace for students to deposit
their other belongings in a neat and orderly fashion.
Hope this helps.
Cyndi (Illinois)

-----Original Message-----
From: jjennifer west <>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Thu, 9 Aug 2007 6:13 pm
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Setting up a classroom

Sorry to bug, but I only had one response to my former
question asking for more specifics about my situation,
I thought I might give it one more try. I am an
experienced teacher coming into a new public middle
school. Students are 6th-8th grade, and there is a
large sum of money from a grant just waiting for me.
The art room is archaic and needs just about
everything replaced. I want to start with tables and
chairs, but am concerned about tales of destructive
students. Apparently many of my soon to be students
are quite fond of breaking everything and anything and
are very creative in how they do so. Obviously this
is an issue to be addressed on a larger level, but
because of this, I am unsure of the type of furniture
I should purchase. Is a steel table better than wood,
or laminate? Should I buy stools or plastic molded
chairs? I'm interested in hearing from people about
thier experiences with students and art room furniture.

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