I call it Studio 105 because I am in room 105 and it just sounds better as an artist entering the room. It’s where all the magic happens, minds are molded, and creativity is encouraged. This is my 8th year teaching middle school students and 2nd year back in the classroom after our campus flooded in 2016. Let’s take a look into the new studio, shall we…
The Lazy Susans were an Ikea creation and are the best organizational tool for our everyday supplies. I originally screwed the buckets to the Lazy Susans on the round I made before the flood and remember how hard they were to keep clean so this time I just used a heavy duty magnet instead so I can remove them and it allows the kids to have them closer if needed.
I ordered 6 small sockers and 1 large socker for each Lazy Susan from Ikea and got the magnets from Amazon. Load them up with supplies and boom, turning tools. I do stress to students on the first day not to spin them around just to annoy me. They have worked out great so far and my two assigned ‘neat freaks’ go around at the end of each class making sure they stay organized and clean. If we use any extra supplies or materials, I usually place them in white baskets on the tables and have the same students count to make sure all supplies are there at the end of class which helps to eliminate things walking off.
Aside from teaching Art, I also teach Yearbook so I created a designated corner just for that crew.
The “When I’m Done” board is posted next to the door for all early finishers. This is the best for eliminating the every day question “What do I do when I’m done?”. These are productive options for myself and the students verses giving them free time on their computers to play games. They would want to rush through every project just to play games so I don’t give that as an option in my room at all unless the whole class earns it as a reward. Also, I let the students use ‘pirate bucks’ to listen to music while they are drawing in studio time which helps them focus and keeps em quiet!
I change the studio jobs each Monday and they work extremely well. I always forget to take the roll, but the students don’t! They love it. When the students do their jobs well, I reward them with pirate bucks so it enforces the behavior. I don’t do that every day, but try to do it once a week.
I hope my experience and obsession with organization in the art room saves you a few headaches! Please comment below with any questions or any of your own organization hacks to help the rest of us out!