Managing the Art Room


Credits: 2 Credits
PD Hours: 80 Hours
Length: 4 Weeks

It’s easy for the art room to turn into a free for all – especially when a management plan has not been established. Or enforced. And if you only see students once a week, or only have nine weeks to build rapport, management issues can escalate. Regain control and lower your stress level by becoming the CEO of your own classroom!

During this class you’ll review some of today’s most comprehensive and popular classroom management strategies, as well as gain insight from Michael Linsin’s book “Dream Class.” You’ll receive support from fellow art educators as you identify your key classroom management struggles and learn to turn these struggles around.

Required Text: Classroom Management for Art, Music and PE Teachers by Michael Linsin. (ISBN: 978-0615993263)


Course Takeaways

  • Identify the 15 keys that make the greatest difference in the classroom.

  • Identify your key classroom management struggles and gain feedback and ideas to help.

  • Develop a comprehensive classroom management action plan that can be implemented right away.

  • Create a calm, productive, respectful classroom environment.

  • Become a master of routines and procedures in the art room.

  • Leverage your own unique personality and teaching style to reach students.




I learned so much about classroom management, more so than I learned in graduate school!

- Sejal V.

It is so beneficial to take a class for art teachers, with art teachers, designed by art teachers, and taught by art teachers.

- Tamara L.

This class was wonderful, insightful, inspiring, and refreshing. It turned my career around. Before this class I thought about switching careers, that maybe this wasn’t for me. But now I feel ready to conquer the world.

- Morgan C.

he material that was chosen for this course was invaluable. A lot of what I learned I will use in my own classroom. I am definitely going to recommend this class.

- Gloria G.

Excellent material and resources; already changing my classroom for the better!

- Ann H.


Course Breakdown

Week 1: Leverage & Influence

  • Describe to classmates your teaching position and what makes it unique.
  • Share what you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of your position.
  • Consider how your unique teaching position relates to your challenges and successes with classroom management.

Week 2: Routines & Procedures

  • Discuss with classmates the procedures and routines that are, and are not, working for you.
  • Identify structures and routines that you’re ready to revamp.
  • Create a mini lesson detailing how you will “show” your students a specific structure or routine.

Week 3: Classroom Management Plan

  • Discuss with classmates what holding students accountable looks like in your classroom.
  • Create a classroom management accountability plan that includes expectations and consequences.
  • Develop an action plan to more fully involve parents in the art room.

Week 4: Managing Your Space

  • Learn strategies to become more efficient and a better time manager.
  • Search Pinterest to find ideas for art room organization to share with classmates.
  • Create a cleanup map or chart to assist students visually with keeping the art room tidy.
  • Leave class with a comprehensive toolkit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.





Featured Instructor

One of the most important aspects of this class, and the realization that many teachers experience through discussions, is that the obstacles they are facing are common. Many teachers express the sense of relief and comfort in being part of the community of teachers who can relate to them and also help offer suggestions that work. The readings that are incorporated into the class, primarily by educator Michael Linsin, are practical, positive, and full of simple ideas that work for art teachers. – Patricia C.




Sample Assignment


Leverage and Influence: Specialist Pros and Cons

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Managing the Art Room”



Research different classroom management strategies and techniques and find one that could be a good fit for your classroom. Explore teacher blogs, interview colleagues, etc., to help you determine what a successful classroom management plan entails.



Describe your teaching position, then share the advantages and disadvantages it provides. Talk about the management plans you’ve used in the past, why you chose them, and how they worked for you.


Practical, Hands-On Application

Weave concepts of successful, school-wide classroom management plans into your own classroom.




  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 80+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
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  • Degree Level Graduate Credit
  • Morningside Grade Report
  • Morningside Transcript
  • Full HLC Degree-Level Accreditation
  • Letter Grade
  • 80+ PD Contact Hours
  • Full Access to Class Resources
  • Full Instructor Feedback
  • AOE Certificate of Course Completion
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Upcoming Class Run Dates

APR 1-30th
JUN 1-30th
JUL 1-31st
AUG 1-31st


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