The bulletin board to the side of my black board.
I love the paint chip tint idea that was floating around pinterest this year. I always encourage my kiddos to look for the information they need. There are many places to look in the room to find the answers (color theory, pattern ideas, definitions, etc.) that they need.
Another bulletin board. I really like the storage bins on this counter. I keep any handouts, worksheets and rubrics on hand and ready to go. It really makes my life as a teacher much easier. Also, as certain classes gain my respect they have access to certain how to draws and pattern sheets that help spark ideas and encourage creativity.
To promote thinking outside the classroom and setting an example of rewards for students that go above and beyond I give 3-5th graders the opportunity to participate in the game, Mystery Artist.
At the beginning of every month I put a famous artwork on display. Kids fill out raffle tickets with the title of the artwork and the name of the artist. I choose a winner randomly at the end of the month. I choose artworks that are well known, usually something that we have discussed previously in class throughout the years. The goal is to get kids to go home and have a discussion with a family member or close friend and describe the artwork and work together to find the answer, through books, internet, or just through open discussion. So far, kids seem to get excited and I like that I'm squeezing in more art history in one more place.
Tempera paint in squeeze bottles is a life saver. (They are on the ledge by the window, right hand side of photo). It's faster for me to distribute to the young ones and easier for the older ones to grab. I have learned to only put out primary colors and black and white. Kids are still amazed at the simple act of inventing "new" colors.
I have a gigantic room, it's the biggest I've ever seen. I'm lucky and I know it, It's my first year in this building and I'm just discovering the potential that lies in so much available space. Stacked cardboard boxes wrapped in black paper have gained me some extra display space. In the beginning of the year I used it as an art history reference. Now I use them in the halls to display artwork that the kids have created.