Nov 19, 2013

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Share Your Best Art Room Storage Solutions!

There is not a ‘one size fits all’ storage solution for art teachers. We do have one thing in common, though: We all have A LOT of things to store. In my Keynote address this fall, I mentioned that teaching art is one of the most complex jobs as far as ‘space’ goes. We have the studio (with all of the messes and supplies to keep track of) and then we have the ‘office’ with paperwork, lesson plans and our desk (if you can see it!).  These two worlds can really cause an organizational nightmare. In this video I will chat all about art room storage. I can’t wait to hear your ideas, too!

What would your dream art room storage solution look like?

What is your most savvy shortcut to art room storage, and how does it work for you?



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  • Guest

    I’m working on improving my storage in the art room. I found lots of great ideas from art teachers on Facebook and put together photo proposals that show what I have now and what it could be with some district support. Here are three of the 6 pictures I submitted.

  • Tricia Fuglestad

    I’m working on improving my storage in the art room. I found lots of great ideas from art teachers on Facebook and put together photo proposals that show what I have now and what it could be with some district support. Here are some of the pictures I submitted.

    • Jorena

      These look great! I too, have a dream! What company are the dream shelves from?

    • Jessica Balsley

      I love how you put the images into the proposal format. Visuals are so helpful for others to see our vision for a space, and will help them take us more seriously when they see a plan. With all of the extra technology you do, I can see how storage would be key (well, it sure is for everyone!) Keep us updated on the progress!

  • Guest

    This is my storage space for student art. I have always struggled with how to keep kid’s work neat and organized. This space had previously been used for random papers- tagboards, pre-cut mats, etc. There was lots of wasted space and it wasn’t being used smartly. So I consolidated the papers and moved them to different shelving. I now have one cubby per class where students keeps their portfolios. The best part is that it’s in a back room and not visible from the classroom. I’m all about neat and organized. It just makes it easier to find things when they are always in the same place!

  • Vicky Siegel

    After being observed 2 years ago and seeing how I have a different grade level every 45 minutes and no where to store materials, my administrator got me a new huge cabinet with 3 sliding white boards and storage! Plus I can hide things behind it and leave the counters “empty” for clay, needed paper to select, etc.

  • Small Hands Big Art

    It is often difficult to keep the art studio together with paint and glitter flying around – but we always feel better when the room is as organized as possible! We are always dipping our hands into a few large glass jars (kept just out of grasp of the kiddos) for our regularly used do-dads and odds and ends. Its a great place to store buttons, feathers, collage pieces, and corks!

  • laura

    Our classroom is a trainwreck…. we share rooms between multiple teachers at the high school… Its hard to keep rooms clean when one person spreading his stuff all over the place.. ;( I would love to see high school rooms..

  • Katherine Douglas

    Here is a Facebook page for studio classroom design:

  • Kristie Schult

    These storage cubbies my husband built for me are a godsend. Each high school student gets their own space, my MS share a space, but all students have somewhere at the end of class to put projects or supplies they are using tomorrow. My school would not purchase new, pricey, but we made these for less than $100. They did buy the supplies. We basically built 4 ladders out of 2×2′s and slid thin plywood through onto the rungs and then screwed down. They help the room be so organized without projects all over the room. I built them also for my elementary to use as drying shelves. Very reasonable compared to buying these units.

  • Bec

    These are great ideas! I have a lot of art supplies and I’ve been looking around online at a few different art blogs today – this one is my favourite so far. Thanks for sharing.

    • claudia

      Bec, if you just found this site, you are in for a treat! It’s the BEST for inspiration, information, classes, and everything else that makes us art teachers feel connected! Be sure to subscribe — you’ll receive good articles everyday, and stay in the loop about lots of other stuff! (I don’t work for artofed or anything, I just love it!)

  • Leslie McReynolds

    Awesome ideas! I am not a pack rat and I love organization. A lot. So here’s how I deal with the space issue: our elementary school is not at capacity anymore. We have a few “empty” classrooms that are used as science labs, learning lounges and computer lab. All of them have a huge cabinet and long drawers. So I asked my principal if I could store student art work and extra supplies in them. She was fine as long as it was neat and out of sight. Not a problem for me! I do hang a sweet/funny/serious “no toucha” sign and hope no teacher needs to steal my oil pastels. Oh, and I store stuff that classroom teachers don’t really need. The nice construction paper and new sharpies/glue/markers? They live in my room. ^.^

  • Amy

    Thanks for inspiring a great conversation! Art teachers have SO MUCH STUFF and I’m always looking for ways to control the chaos! Here’s a link to what seems to be working for me: