So True!!! We have a parent in our school who offers to paint her children's classrooms....I was in a classroom yesterday that was painted flouresent lime green and the teacher had up fuscia lettering and posters everywhere.....it was mind numbing!!! I could not imagine how anyone could get work done in that room..it was so static!
I have arranged my classroom based on Feng Shui principals.....flow in and out and around the room, relationship of the children to each other, placement of supplies, etc, even my workspace. I also have a sofa, reading area...lots of open space but lots of homey touches. Last year someone refered to my class room as my "club house". It is sort of like that....stuffed animals and puppets, lots of art posters, etc., plants, fish (we have painted the fish), lots of visual imagery. Instead of flowers or a plant on my desk, I have peacock feathers in a milk vase!
I worked for a coordinator once who always talked about a "word rich" environment. I like to think of my classroom as an "inspiration rich" environment.
I totally agree with those folks who said, CLEAR THE CLUTTER!!! I had to do that a few weeks ago. I could tell the clutter was taking over! I rearranged some things and threw out what I knew I did not need. Had not done a good clean out in about 3 years. Of course this was not even a good clean out....that takes about 6 weeks!!! But it helped!
It makes a lot of difference. Teachers and parents who visit the room make comments about what a fun space, how different it is, how they have never seen an art room like it. It truly is my nest...I am here more than I am home...sad but true!!!
There was an article in...I think School Arts, that was titled "What does your art room say about you!" (If not in School Arts I am sure someone will remember where! I will try to dig it up!)