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Re: Room arrangement

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Tue, 13 Jul 1999 00:36:38 EDT

Hi Alicia and Liz,
I have two-seater tables, too, so I clump four together and place a
fifth one across the end. My fifteen tables then create three large tables,
with room for me to walk around. I ask students to sit one person per table
(I teach high school) to give elbow room, but this only works with 15 or
fewer in the class.
Sometimes I place a huge still life in the center of the room and put
the tables in a large rectangle around the arrangement. Students then use
viewfinders to locate and draw a small part of the large arrangement.
I use this table arrangement for batik, too, and put the wet fabric
pieces on a rack in the center to dry.
One long counter is my room is my "clean area." Nobody is allowed to
paint, glue, or use clay there. It is always to be safe for laying drawings
or for preparing mats without picking up crud that somebody left behind.
There is a tack strip on the front edge of the "clean" counter. That's where
we hang work we want to critique.
"Dirty" things (the airbrush, potter's wheel, ceramic boards, etc.)
are close to the sink. Books, clean paper, the computer, are FAR from the
sink. I had a vertical storage area built under my "clean" counter where
students have portfolios in which to keep flat work while in progress. There
are large drawers under those for craft and small 3-D items. I keep a large
low bin near my desk labeled "Artwork to be Graded." Nobody but me is to
touch any work once it goes into that bin. That way, I know any smudges on
the work were put there by the original artist.
Some days the urge to rearrange the room in yet another way is just
too hard to resist. For this reason, I enjoy having the smaller tables.
I hope this helps a little.