The title to this post was no mistake. Yes, I have an art room shaped like a triangle!
Recently I participated in this conversation about noise level in the art room on one of my favorite Art Education sites, The Elementary Division NAEA Community. As a part of this conversation, it became very clear to me why I was so concerned about keeping noise levels down. My art room is in the shape of a triangle and I have no doors!
I teach in an “open concept” school with pods and common areas. None of the classrooms have doors, including the art room. Therefore, I am always concerned about the learning of others around me. I have a strategy for keeping noise levels down that I posted about here.
Although my space is small, I enjoy teaching in a smaller art room, because it creates a sense of community. I have very easy access to be able to help my students during class. I also am forced to keep very organized because I do not have the storage space to keep accumulating things. I have grown accustomed to living the simple life in the art room and it feels great. The focus is on teaching and learning, not all of the extra “stuff.”
I made space for a carpet in my art room, because I have K-2nd grade students come right down to the carpet when they enter class. I find that demonstrations and discussions go much smoother when I have the little ones on the carpet with less distractions. It also provides a nice routine for them.
The “Space” you teach in says a lot about your teaching style and also says a great deal about the community you are creating in your art room. How does your space work for you?