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Re: [teacherartexchange] setting up a new art room


From: lia johnson (johnsolia_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 10 2005 - 12:09:50 PDT

Oh...this reminded me that I too have a fairly great homemade drying
rack in my classroom...small but it works in my room....I have a big
rack also. It is made with window screens (or frames with screening)
that side into a tall wooden box exactly....onto runners. A 6 foot
high box...holds about 40 screens this way. Not enough for huge
volumes but it doesn't take much floor space either. lia

On 6/10/05, leah rachlis <> wrote:
> wow Stacie - You are bringing back all my craziest memories of setting up my
> art room - Be assured - I changed everything 2 or 3 times in the first year!
> You'll find your way - BIG RECOMMENDATION - find an existing art room and go
> see it - up close and personal, some schools have summer session still going
> on - one of our local middle schools, is still in session and the art room
> is up and operational. (or call the sistrict and ask for the name of a
> local art teacher)
> This list is great - but you need to see a few things for your self -and
> then you'll modify it to work for you. We art teachers are amazingly
> resourceful. I too work for a charter school, now teaching k-8 Art and some
> computer gfraphic stuff, I would not spend money on a kiln this year, if you
> have no ceramics experience - I have done without, but have been firing at a
> local ceramic shop (where I started taking classes, having no ceramics
> experience myself).
> Before you spend money on a drying rack - which could be costly - my husband
> made a terrific and CHEAP drying rack for my itty bitty classroom - with
> three floor to ceiling 2 x 4's mounted on the wall - he had drilled 1" holes
> in each about 6 inches a part - we put PVC 1" pipes in each hole, (three
> across) and laid sheets of heavy cardboard, (or scrap 1/8" plastic that he
> had) as shelves - the whole thing cost about 12.00 (yes twelve) oh course,
> he is a handy kind of guy - and has been a constant life saver for me in
> some of my crazier projects.
> I am entering my 4th year of teaching, and once again will spend part of my
> summer re-inventing my art room, to accommodate things I have learned over
> the course of the year (and to find room for a potters wheel I just scored!)
> While this list is priceless - you need to do some up-close and personal
> investigating - real life art teachers are generally as helpful and awesome
> as the ones on line!
> I too save alot on my budget by sending lists home to the kids - I print our
> strips with things like sponges and wipes, coffee filters and beans (I love
> beans!) I ask parent to save butter tubs, and ice-cream lids (great
> pallets) - I usually have a few different grades of supplies as well - I
> give the newer pastels to the older kids, for instance - and have a set of
> brushes I only use with the youngest kids.
> Teaching a wide range is tougher because your changing hats every 50
> minutes - Teaching 8th graders is a whole different world than Kindergarten
> art! Keep your running shoes handy!
> Leah
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