It is time for back to school, and you have a new classroom. If you are an art teacher, the potential for your teaching space can be especially exciting. That said, it is not always easy. Whether you have been teaching for years or you are new to the game, it can be difficult to remember all of the things you need when trying to set up the perfect learning environment. To help you out, here is a list of seven classroom essentials every art teacher should consider.
1. Art Supply Storage
One of the most important supplies for your art room is not a supply at all, but rather storage for the supplies. Whether you have a large class or only a few students, there is the potential for things to get very messy. From paintbrushes to crayons, and all of the glue, paper and projects in between, you will need an abundant supply of storage options.
2. Construction and Craft Paper
Whatever your plans are for the upcoming school year, there are many ways you can use construction and craft paper. If you have a tight budget, check your local dollar store for affordable options.
3. Glue Sticks and Bottles
To glue with a stick or to glue with a bottle? Indeed, that is the question. Fortunately, you do not have to decide today, and neither do your students. By providing both options in your classroom, you can pick the right one for the job when the time comes.
4. Artistic Classroom Decor
Maybe making art is the most important part of your class, but how your classroom looks and feels can have a big impact on learners. For this reason, you should make the space as artistic and fun as possible. Talk to the school and ask if you can paint the walls or hang canvas pictures. You can also display your students’ artwork. Ideally, you will be able to use a combination of all of these decorations.
5. Drawing Utensils
What is art class without having crayons, markers and colored pencils tucked away in every corner? Depending on the time of year, you may be able to find deals on bulk school supplies that fall into these categories. Use Back to School specials to your advantage so you can stock up.
6. Painting Supplies
Another way to add a splash of color to the class is by painting. How many brushes do you have? How about trays, scrapers or the paint itself? Think about the kind of paintings you want to complete this year, and make sure to include the necessary items for the job.
7. Miscellaneous Crafting Supplies
In addition to the basics, you can also think about other fun ideas to try. You might consider including ceramics, sculpting or beadwork. Asking for student input can also be a great idea to come up with further suggestions while building a relationship with your students.
Being an art teacher is rewarding, but it can also be a lot of work. You make preparations easier by creating a checklist of items like these.
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