Classroom Management

5 Things to Consider When Setting Up Your Art Room

Setting up the art room is one of my favorite parts of starting a new school year. It is a chance to reimagine your space, start fresh, and set things up with a different perspective.

Here are 5 things to consider when setting up your room.

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Table Placement

Tables too close together can make things feel chaotic. Tables too far apart can make it difficult for you to quickly help students. It’s important to find a good balance.

Designated Areas

Consider splitting up your space into separate areas: clean-up station, iPad upload station, work area, reading area, etc… When students are spread out, they are less likely to bug each other, too.

Traffic Patterns

Divide and conquer your room so traffic flows during the most chaotic times. For example, don’t put the drying rack right next to the sink.

Wall Decor

Are the walls too cluttered? Are your posters faded? Is it just time for something new? Nothing says, “I don’t care,” like the same bulletin board 5 years in a row!

Teacher Desk

Is your desk area something to be proud of? Just because you never sit down doesn’t mean your desk has to look like a dumping ground or storage closet. Consider a plant, soft lighting, or some fun patterned office supplies to energize yourself.

Before you know it, the back-to-school stuff will start dominating the aisles of the nearest superstore. (I know, cringe!) Until then, have a great summer and start planning your room so you feel less stressed when you enter it this fall.

What is your favorite part of setting up your room?

What is the biggest challenge in designing your space?


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Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is AOEU’s Founder and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.

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