I write this as an art teacher, designer, and studio-art artist. Each hour there are 25 young creative energies in the process of art making and a carefully considered design of the space is certainly more efficient to facilitate teaching and learning. That is the reason why studio art classrooms have unique learning needs and safety considerations.
Young artists’ working tables
Students are divided into groups so they have a big and flat surface to work on. In addition, sitting in a group also facilitates collaboration, management, communication and supports group learning.
The height of the artist table is also designed for students to decide whether they want to sit or stand and so that their arms will be just above the table no matter which option they choose. If ink splashing and loose painting styles were their goal, it is often easier to accomplish this when standing. However, when control and delicately detailed work is required, a seated position is more conducive for students. They sit on the artist bench in an opposite direction so the spine of the bench can act as a support for their easel.
There is a storage space under every artist table. One end of the storage is perfect for storing easel boards and the other end is perfect for the table bin and material trays.
Art materials are easy to access thus facilitate experimentation, exploration, and creativity. It also provides options for students to choose when they are working on their sketches or documentation. I place a table bin on the table for art supplies such as colour-pencils, drawing pencils, pencil sharpener, rulers, glue sticks, scissors, markers, and most importantly a small colour wheel.
The lesson area
A well equipped lesson area should have an overhead projector and a visual presenter. They are essential as images play an important role in observation training and they can have a closer look at my demonstration of art techniques.
The big white board is not only for me to put on notes and learning targets. It is a very important self-learning area that students will go to when they face a problem because there they can find the “to do options” and artists’ references as their inspirations. This training is for them to be a self-learner, problem-solver and most importantly they will not interrupt the flow of others!
Cabins and drawers
30 classes per cycle, 750 students, 750 sketchbooks, unlimited artworks. Organisation is the key to success in the art room! Each group has its own bin for name-tags and sketchbooks. The bins are placed in the related cabin sorted by class code. Students take care of their materials and they are used to collecting and returning their sketchbooks before and after class.
Alrighty boys and girls! We're ready to Rock n Roll!