When our school built about five years ago, I had some input into my room and so did the architect. There was a large island at one end of the room with drawers and a sink unit at each end. That helped with the traffic. The drawers are great for storing things that people always ask for such as colored pencils and some of the brushes that I don't mind lending to others. Buckets go under the sink and cups and tools are stored in the pullout shhelves of the cupboards. There is also a set of outlets on the front of the unit and a computer jack.
The students love working at the sink unit because it has a large workspace between the two sinks. I'd suggest more islands if you can get them. Also, our custodian put a sheet of that cheap whiteboard like stuff on the counter using tape and replaces it every year. The original counter is still good and the we can easily change the cheapy board.
At one of the meetings with the board and the architect I told them that I wanted a set of four outlets every four feet. They laughed at me so I relented to a set of two every six feet. That was not a good choice. If you can get them--4 outlets every four feet and anywhere else you can get them.
I have also learned that it is easier to get things when things are in the mode of doing things to improve your room rather than I'll go cheap now and try to get it later.
7-12 art/Grade 9 English/Oral Interp
Webster Public School
more power plugs!! and maybe more sinks if you can work it.
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.