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RE: art room environments


From: Leslie Miller (lamiller3_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jun 13 2004 - 10:13:57 PDT

Great story, Alix!
Leslie in Framingham, Ma

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From: Alix Peshette []
Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2004 12:06 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: art room environments

I have had to laugh at some of the stories which are being told about
classroom environments. Mind you, I'm laughing from a sense of
been-there-done-that-have the sweat soaked tee shirt!

Many moon ago, my first 'art' classroom at my middle school was the old
metal shop. Cement floors, metal table tops, rickety metal stools; metal
everywhere! The place was perpetually cold every winter. One year I
brought in a thermometer just to check how cold it was. Turns out, the room
never got warmer than 59 degrees! No wonder the kids were so incredibly
hyperactive - they were TRYING TO STAY WARM!!

On the other end of the spectrum; my last 'art room' at this same school was
in one of those endless portable classrooms -windows facing west. One day
in late May, the meager A/C blew and the room got up into the 90's. I got
out the drawing boards and took the class outside next to the flower beds,
to sketch and get some cooler air. Just at that exact time, the district
maintenance people pulled up with a huge dump truck and dumped 5 yards of
steer manure for the garden!! The kids elected to go back into the


Alix E. Peshette
Technology Training Specialist
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis, CA