Why I Prefer a Small Art Room
As I was organizing my classroom and putting away supplies I had ordered, I stepped back and noticed every single cupboard in my art room was OPEN! It was kind of a funny sight to see!
Closed (back when I had my old tables)
With Doors Wide Open!
Did you know these cupboards are the only storage I have in my art room, besides my drawers I house artwork in? I do not have a storage room like the other art teachers in my district. I like this. WHAT? you might ask? Don’t you want an art room that is mecca, with big beautiful lights, windows, tons of storage space and sinks? Sure. Some days I wish my room was bigger, I didn’t have to track down the hall to use the kiln and I wish I could just shove my messes in a little side room where no one can see. But I am not afforded this luxury and I prefer it.
Having a small art room is great because….
- You are always in close proximity to students working and can help them in a jiffy
- You are FORCED to keep organized because every single mess you make is highly visible to everyone around
- You keep your cupboards cleaner because you can’t save everything from year to year. It makes you proritize
- It creates a cozy homey feeling in the art room to have a small space to create community
- The music you play does not have to be very loud because everyone can hear
- You are more likely to keep your countertops clean because the one counter is the ONLY place to set anything down on
When I first came to my room many years ago, I spent a lot of time decluttering. Now, I find I never needed all of that stuff anyway and having a small room makes for sort of a simple, and easy teaching life. So the next time you think to complain about your space, instead, think about how your space is a benefit to you and how you can use it to it’s full potential. This is one step to becoming a Clutter Free Teacher!
Do you have a large or small art room? What are the pros and cons? Do you have a storage room?