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RE: [teacherartexchange] New Art Room


Date: Thu Feb 18 2010 - 11:38:18 PST

I would request more then one sink. In my previous classroom, I had the one double sink, and it was a nightmare when I had 20 kids trying to wash out brushes at once. My current classroom has 3 single sinks, and seems about right. If I had my choice, I'd have another sink! If you have a choice, have two separate sinks with some space between them, so large groups can clean up at once.

Another thing to consider is MASS STORAGE. You can never have enough storage shelves, drying racks, paper cupboards, etc. That is my only complaint about my current classroom, we don't have counter or shelf space for drying sculptures or clay. It just gets so cluttered when we have many projects happening at once.

Finally, an exhaust fan! Even without a kiln or clay, just the smell of markers, drying paint, etc. can get overwhelming at times. (One of our school's major building "savings" was windows that do not open. Our room gets SO stuffy at times!) There is an exhaust system, with filters in the vents, but it just doesn not really cut it at times. We have to be very careful with materials because of it.

---Laura Drietz

From: Betty B

With my concerns for budget cuts at the forefront, I am all the same possibly getting moved to a larger classroom next year.

The "New" room is long. One end has the smartboard and the other end has two very small rooms - one is a walk-in storage closet and the other has standing -height counters on three sides with several counter-height electrical outlets. Between these two rooms is space for a sink. I am asking for one deep double sink with a trap I can clean myself.

Besides shelves, the one new thing I want is a small platform with wall support for spotlights for still life and life drawing. A designated still life/ life drawing area.

Is there anything I'm totally missing that I should plan for? I can't do ceramics here, and I'm trying to keep it as cheap as possible. I'll be doing the moving/painting, etc. myself.

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