Ready, Set, Paint!

I keep all of the liquid water colors paints and specialty paints together so I can find them quickly.

I keep all of the liquid water colors paints and specialty paints together so I can find them quickly.

Paint is a staple in my art room, especially liquid water color!  I have several cabinets that I keep well stocked with all of the colors.  I like to arrange them in rainbow order just for fun!  I try to keep all of the paint organized by types of paint so I can find things more quickly and easily.

There are several times a day in which I have ZERO transition time between classes so it's imperative that I stay organized! I use old cups to keep my paint brushes together. This makes it simple for me to pull out the type of brush we need for each project. I also use old egg cartons to dispense tempera paint. My favorite tempera paint, liquid watercolor and brushes can be found by clicking on each word.

Happy organizing,

Carla

 

Tempera paint is stored by color families as well.

Tempera paint is stored by color families as well.

Organization is the Key to Success

When it comes to teaching, I believe there are three main areas that keep your classroom running smoothly and effectively!

1) Great Lessons

2) Great Classroom Management

3) Great Organization

Organizational strategies can sometimes take years to figure out! I want to share with you one of the most helpful strategies I have for managing art room projects.  I teach 26 classes per week, so I need a place to store my student's work from class period to class period. When you have that many classes of work to keep, you need to think vertical in terms of storage!  I found an old bread cart in my building, cleaned it up, spray painted it silver and added wood boards as shelving. I covered each board in Contact Paper to match my room decor and voila...I had a new storage unit for all of my students' artwork. Adding teacher labels to the sides of the bread cart make it super quick to locate projects!  It takes up very little space in my classroom and I love how easy it is for me to stay organized on a weekly basis.  

First Impressions Friday: Erin Condren Teacher Planner

After months of collecting dust, I finally cracked in to my 2016-2017 Erin Condren Teacher Planner.  I was hesitant on dropping $60+ for a planner not made specifically for art teachers, but craved a change from my usual Plum Paper.  I must say it is BEAUTIFUL!

After tearing out about 20 pages, completely irrelevant to art education, I started to organize. The horizontal format is going to take some getting used to (bonus points for rainbow order days!), Fitting in multiple class times, grade levels, lessons and materials and to-dos is proving to be tricky.

In an effort to better organize my six plus classes a day, I use the Pilot FriXion Erasable Markers to color code by grade level (with planning periods and lunch breaks in Pilot FriXion Erasable Highlighters).  This makes it easy to glance at, in between classes, as I frantically chuck materials on tables!

 I will keep you updated on my thoughts as the year progresses.  For now, if you're interested in a planner I suggest starting with the less expensive Plum Paper version and graduate to Erin Condren once you have found a system that works for you!   

Organizing Art Supplies ... the EASY way!!!

When it comes to staying organized in the art room, we couldn't do it without our favorite little containers from Target. The sizes are perfect for Sharpie markers, crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels and much more.  

My art room has eight tables with four chairs at each one.  I usually have one container of each supply for every table. When I purchase, I have to keep this number in mind.  In between classes, I can quickly pass out one container per table and we are ready to go.

I do not have my supplies labeled and this has not been a problem for me or my students. Because the containers are clear, the students and I can easily identify the supplies.  I would eventually like to label them....if I ever find the time! They stack neatly and are clear so you can easily see what's inside if you don't want to label them. Rachel has all of hers labeled and they look great! Both ways work well!

We always keep a supply of these containers on hand in our art rooms so we are ready to organize a new supply! The smallest containers are great for storing sequins too!

Most of these containers sit on two sets of shelves located in the back of my art room. It makes setting up and cleaning up super easy! :) 

Happy organizing!

Carla

These containers come in a several different sizes.  I love the variety pack!

This size container easily holds 20+ Sharpies!

This size container easily holds 20+ Sharpies!

Construction Paper crayons organized and ready to go!

Construction Paper crayons organized and ready to go!

This smaller size works great for oil pastels.

This smaller size works great for oil pastels.

For frequently used supplies, I don't use the lids!  I just stack them and this allows for quicker set up between classes.

For frequently used supplies, I don't use the lids!  I just stack them and this allows for quicker set up between classes.

White oil pastels stacked without lids makes passing out supplies much quicker!

White oil pastels stacked without lids makes passing out supplies much quicker!