April 1, 2019

8 Things You Need in Your Art Room to Make Your Life Easier

As art teachers, we are constantly looking for ways to make our lives a little easier. A spare moment rarely exists in the art room. There are always things to clean; the cycle is never-ending. It seems like we spend hours preparing materials for students only to find chaos when they leave. We might have systems in place that make us work a lot harder than necessary. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 8 things you can do now to make your life a little easier. 1. Distribute paint with FIFO bottles. No matter what we seem to do in our classrooms distributing paint tends to be problematic. Paint pumps clog and create a mess. Paint bottle lids are easily lost. They can be so small you’re constantly replacing them or so big they are hard to handle. We have a solution for your painting woes—fill your […]
April 19, 2019

How to Start a Creativity Routine with Your Students

Several years ago, over winter break, I made the mistake of making a New Year’s resolution. Even worse, I said I was going to start exercising. So, naturally, I put it off a few more days because, hey, I was on vacation. But sure enough I visited the gym the day before we returned to school. Since all catastrophes come in threes, I paid for that visit for the next few days hobbling around school with sore muscles and joints. It wasn’t until I started going more consistently that my body actually felt stronger, leaner, and my mind more focused and clear. At the same time in class, I was introducing a new project to my students. As usual, I shared the prompt, and we spent time developing ideas. I was quickly reminded of the struggle to keep students engaged in this part of the process. I battled their resistance […]