Jun 30, 2010

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My Triangle Shaped Art Room

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?

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