As a student, art lessons were always one of my favourite subjects in class. Little did I know that as a teacher a lot goes into the preparation and organization of a well-run art lesson. It can sometimes go south very fast! The moment paint is spilled or two students think that wet paint brushes make for an excellent sword-fight, can be enough to put you off doing an art lesson again.
There is no such thing as a neatly organized art lesson, half the fun is to get messy! But perhaps there are a few things that could help make life a little easier during lesson time.
Thanks to the internet, here are some brilliant art class hacks for keeping the chaos to a minimum while still allowing your students to explore their creative side!
HACK #1 : Dispensing paint into Frappuccino cups to minimise spillage.
HACK #2: Portable kits help for easy distribution of materials and packing up. Having the materials and boxes marked with the same number or coloured label can also encourage students to keep everything in their place.
HACK #3: How about re-purposing your old wine rack to organise a variety of art materials?
HACK #4: Soaking glue caps in some vegetable oil to keep from clogging.
HACK #5: Need extra space to store wet artworks? Use an indoor clothes rack to dry student projects.
HACK #6: Use rolling carts with tubs to easily stow away materials and transport around the classroom.
HACK #7: Labels are a teacher’s best friend! Having art labels for students to independently locate materials can be super helpful come pack up time.
HACK #8: Assigning students’ different jobs on their tables can help instil a sense of responsibility while aiding in the organisation of the classroom. In addition, creating visual reminders about what the lesson involves, what materials the students need can be a big help for running a more organised lesson. Find out more about creating visual cards on the linked images!
I definitely need some of these in my life! What are some teacher organization hacks that work for you?
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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