My students come from all walks of social and economic backgrounds. They might not have very comfortable lifestyles at home, but I want them to be comfortable when they come to school, especially in the art studio. The more "homey" and safe it is, the better they feel that the art studio belongs to them.
Having ownership in the art studio is what makes the students be more themselves and to showcase their unique personalities.
Allowing them to feel comfortable and safe in the art studio is all I want for them. The more colorful the art studio allows them to enjoy the class and have an appreciation for art.
Being in a cold, dreary art studio does not bolster creativity. Art studios are supposed to help their imagination and creativity to grow and inspire my students.
Currently, there is a 40 shelf (20 on each side) drying rack in the art room that is made of metal and angles towards the middle. Its a basic drying rack for art teachers and/or schools on a budget. It does the job of drying stuff, but you can not put a whole lot of projects on them when one has 4 classes a day, which equals about 120 kids.
A spring-loaded drying rack, like the one I am requesting for my students, is to help give the kids ownership and responsibility of their art projects when they need to put them up for the day.
This rack is easy to use by anyone, including the younger kids (Kindergartners). We would be able to fit two projects on each shelf and the kids would find it easier than the old-fashioned, budget-friendly ones.
I am not saying we have to have the most expensive drying rack, but the spring-loaded ones, although a bit on the pricey side, are the most effective piece of art furniture in the classroom. Projects will dry quicker and no paint will run towards the middle of the paper since the new racks will be flat, not angled.
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