Leaving Mimosa at the end of last school year was bittersweet. I was excited to be offered the opportunity to be at a school for five days a week but I will definitely miss the kids I have grown to know and love over the past four years. It is hard to say good-bye to students you are watching grow up before your very eyes. Students you have created relationships with and care deeply about. Ultimately, I am thankful for the experience and will always remember my Mimosa artists.❤
After a heartfelt end of the school year, this summer was full of adventure, more endings, and new beginnings. I traveled to Ireland and Portland, Maine. I taught clay camp at a local art center for the 10th summer. I finally finished writing my thesis and completed my graduate degree from Georgia State University (YAY!!!!!!!!). All in all, it was an incredibly fulfilling and exciting summer! I feel reinvigorated and inspired for this school year.
Now I am at a school called Northwood Elementary and I am absolutely thrilled. I have an art classroom that is a dream come true – fully stocked with everything I could ever need. This space is so full of good energy and I can’t wait to meet the kiddos that will learn and grow within these walls.
So, without further ado – check out my new classroom!
I have two doors to my room, this one will be used for entering. This is the view from my desk. You might spy a lovely Doc Cam which I am just itching to use. Currently on my desk are piles of papers that need to be copied or laminated – I am very excited about a Mystery Drawing activity from Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists which will go in my sub folder. (If you haven’t visited her Teachers Pay Teachers store you ought to hurry over — it is chock full of amazing resources and currently having a sale!)
Here is the view looking towards my desk corner. All of my tchotchke magnets are on the filing cabinet. My kindergarten self-portrait and a second grade seascape hang on the wall. I like to display these to encourage students to pursue art as a lifelong appreciation. Students often ask, “How did you get so good at art!?” to which I always point to my own childhood artwork and tell them to keep practicing.
The shelf holds books, files, and handouts. On the bulletin board there is a poster of my daily schedule, an Artwork Checklist poster, and the rules. Above the bulletin board are the words “Try Your Best.” I find myself constantly telling my students to try their best so I finally made a visual for the wall. I think it is one of the most important expectations of the art room and studio experience.
Next is the whiteboard, projector, and chalkboard. I have a large, beautiful rug that adds some pops of color to the room.
Here is the example board with standards listed by grade. (Don’t you just love the fabric and borders that the previous art teacher left for me? I adore it! Thanks Gina)
This is the door students will use to exit the art room. The crayons and cute little signs were purchased from the Target dollar section this summer. They had some super sweet teacher goodies!
The wall next to the doors has plenty of storage space. Artwork and supplies will be stored here.
The entrance door and huge sink in the back corner:
Another wall of supplies and storage:
I am incredibly thankful for this enormous, beautiful, bright space but in every art room I have had the pleasure of setting up (this is #4!) there always seems to be just-quite-not-enough space. That is certainly true here for the giant drying rack which is currently awkwardly residing in front of shelves:
The door next to it leads to a little courtyard with a garden and a pond; it’s so stinkin’ cute! I can’t wait to take kids out here to draw and get some fresh air.
The wall with the windows has even more shelves with some pretty neat-o things.
I found a whole bunch of awesome materials/resources that I can’t wait to use with my new students. First of all, a class set of color wheels:
These are going to be soooooo handy for mixing colors and choosing color schemes! Speaking of color, check out these little color paddles. They will be another great resource to talk about color mixing.
I also came across packs of batik paper, shrinky-dinks, scratch paper, and cyanotype paper (the one in the envelope). I have never done any of these with kids so if you know of a good activity or lesson you would be willing to share I would truly appreciate it!
Perhaps the most exciting treasure I found in this room of magical abundance is the class set of 3D glasses! They make everything look really colorful and bright with swirly-trippy-magical awesomeness. I keep putting them on to look at artwork and the sky and down the hall and pretty much everything. I am pretty stoked to use these with the kids.
I am attempting to keep my centers activities very organized this year. I don’t know about you but I feel like these items tend to get destroyed pretty efficiently by the end of the year so I am really trying to stress the importance of treating all art room materials with respect. I’ll let you know how that turns out lol. Do you have any tips or tricks on avoiding the destruction of materials?
And that brings us back around to the front of the room. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. Not only have I been #blessed with all of this shelving, there is an entire closet full of cupboards and shelves and EVEN MORE art supplies.
Oh yeah, AND four throwing wheels! I am going to have to watch a YouTube or two to refresh my wheel throwing skills before I attempt to teach it. I might try to get a guest artist in here to demonstrate one day or maybe even break these babies out for Art Club (more on that soon).
Next to this supply room is the kiln room which also comes fully-stocked with all the glaze my heart could ever desire and a beautiful, clean, not-sketchy kiln!
So, there you have it! My new art room where you can find me five days a week :-)
Next week it will be filled with budding young artists ready to learn!
I think the word that best describes the feeling that has been building up for the past few weeks is gratitude. I am so incredibly thankful that the stars have aligned and I have this dream job. I am deeply appreciative to all of the people who helped me on my journey to get to this place in my life and I am so excited to see what comes next.
Here’s to another back-to-school flurry of excitement and energy. Here’s to bittersweet endings and exhilarating new beginnings. Here’s to trying your best all day, every day. Here’s to the new backpacks filled with bright and happy school supplies on the backs of bright and happy eager students. I can’t wait to meet you, welcome to art!