Lookie What I Got!

I was excited when a HUGE box arrived at my classroom.  Its sort of like your birthday when you order art supplies in the spring and they start arriving in the fall.  You forget what you ordered but when you crack open the box there is always a little surprise! I didn’t forget about this bad boy.  My new carpet easel!

I specifically chose this one because it’s not too big, and not too small. It sits on the floor, so that I can do small demonstrations, post rules/examples, etc while the little ones are sitting on the carpet with me. Before I would have to lift my screen up to reveal my large white board. While this was fine, I often switch from demonstration on my Elmo or using my laptop for power point and websites and this will help with those transitions.

I actually have a lot of cool ideas for this little easel, and I am not exactly sure how I will use it, but as I find new and exciting ideas I will be sure to share them.

One I am considering is something I found from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artist’s Blog.  See the below photo from her blog: She posts the lesson’s for each week on a board for students and I would assume for herself to keep on track. Maybe I could use my easel for something like this? I am also going to be introducing some learning objectives to the students for each class time and maybe the easel will be perfect for displaying this?  The rings at the top will be perfect for attaching all of my vocabulary cards, too.  Like I said, I’ll keep you posted!

Gotta love a blank slate!

Do you have any alternative demonstration sites or display sites besides your main chalkboard/whiteboard? If so do share how you use this for teaching and learning!

Psssttt!! The AOE course, Clutter Free Teaching starts on September 1st! There are still spots and time to sign up!  This course is sure to get you off to the right foot for the new school year by de-cluttering your mind, your space and your lessons. Lots of hands on activities in this course!!!  Read the FAQ’s to learn more about our online classes. 

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • I have an “Awesome Art Words” wall that I keep all of the art vocabulary words on for students as we work through a particular element of art. I use one of those handy pocket charts, put the Element or Principle on top, stick the laminated words in according to grade level and there you have it! I also put magnets on the back of the words so I can pull them out and stick them on the board while we are talking about them or above examples.

  • Anonymous

    You NEED a SMART board!!!

  • inspiring message to go across the clock!
    good ideas to gather when thinking of what my future art class would be like!

  • Kendra

    Hi, I’m looking for an easel for teaching and would like to find out if this has been working long term, and if so, what brand it is. What other easels are teachers using? What about drafting tables? One thing that could transition from short to tall would be nice!