Sunday, September 16, 2012

My Art Room

Welcome to my colorful and organized space!
When I started teaching a *few* years ago, I was a bit overwhelmed by the size of my Art Room and the amount of STUFF in it. In an attempt to corral some of the chaos, I started with what I’m good at – I started to organize.
I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to organization. My mom would scoff at that simple statement and would be quick to point out that I’ve had my life organized in binders and to-do lists since I could write! While I make jokes about having a bit of OCD, I do believe my art room functions better when everyone knows where everything should go. And what began as a simple organizing strategy has become a sort of trademark! I organize everything in ROYGBIV order – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet! My students know it, my coworkers know it, my family knows it!  
Some of my favorite organizational systems have been in place since I inherited my art room, others are brand new this year, and others have evolved as my needs or my students’ need have changed, but at the core is ROYGBIV. Here are some photos of some of my favorite spaces in my Art Room. Enjoy!
The Paint Zone

Decorations courtesy of too much time spent on Pinterest this summer and new scrap paper drawers

My Desk Zone - complete with organization, caffeine and inspirational quotes

Our Learning Targets for each grade level


  1. Are you still doing the learning targets? Do you change them out every project? Or monthly? I can see they are stapled so I am wondering about that part the most. I can't seem to find a way to put up objectives and I like this, but it looks like a lot of work. Thoughts?

    1. My intention was to change them every project. Just switch out the center part with thumbtacks and POOF new targets displayed! In reality...not so much! The display is too small to "teach" from so I find myself just ignoring the display completely. I've got plans to change it up a bit for next year with laminated papers and dry-erase markers. Stay tuned!