- Line up your Sharpies/Gel pens/etc. and then spray paint a stripe of unusual color to mark your tools/materials. This is harder to take off than tape. This idea is from Amanda Miller on the Art Teachers Facebook page.
- Danielle McLain says, "I have my seating chart in a plastic sheet protector. Any time I loan a sharpie, I write a big "S" on their spot in dry erase marker and wipe it off when they return it. Best system I've found so far."
|Lisa Shapiro Schustak has these silverware organizers on each table to help with tracking basic supplies at the end of class.|
- PINTEREST art room organization boards by hundreds of art teachers
- Use foam blocks (floral, etc.) or wood scraps with holes drilled in them to organize materials like Sharpies, metallic markers, scratch art knives, etc. If all the holes in the foam aren’t filled, I know there is still a tool out and I don’t let the kids leave my class until it is found.
- Number your tools and assign them to specific students or tables/groups.
- I also read an idea where a teacher drilled holes in a board, glued marker caps in the holes upside-down, and used these to store tools such as x-acto blades. Again, he could look at the board and SEE AT A GLANCE if any were missing!
- To keep up with drawing pencils, I made caddies to go on each table...I wanted to be able to quickly check at the end of class if there were any missing supplies:
|Drawing Caddies made from wipe boxes and foam; each box has 4 pencils, 4 Ebony pencils, 4 tortillons, and one eraser|
- Take pictures of neatly stored supplies so the students can see exactly how you would like them put away:
Organize drawers of markers, colored pencils, etc. with smaller containers such as wet-wipe boxes. That way, passing them out is simple!
Use ice cube trays for small items like erasers - you can tell at a glance if any are missing at the end of class.
Ceramics Management in the Elementary Art Room, by Dawn Hoffman, YouTube
Dawn's glaze tiles are brilliant - she has them sectioned to show kids what thin and thick layers of the glaze color looks like. She also stores in progress pieces in butter tubs - I love it!
|Photo Credit: Dawn Hoffman|
- 50 Amazing Clay Resources From the Art of Education, by Alicia Eggers Kaczmarek
- Glaze Alternatives; Mini Matisse, by Nic Hahn
- Forget Glazing! 15 Other Innovative Ways to Add Color to Clay, by Jennifer Borel, theartofed.com
- In the Art Room: Clay Projects For the Kiln-Less!, by Cassie Stephens
- Never Stress During Clay Again!, by Jessica Balsley, theartofed.com
- The tall water bottle ice cube trays work really well for keeping track of Sharpies and other drawing utensils.
- Here is another brilliant idea (from Adriana Ranta) to keep up with Sharpies - imbed the lids in plaster of paris!
photo credit: Adriana Ranta
resources for managing liquid glue in the elementary classroom
- Ashley Saddington Olsen-Potthast has a set of muffin tins on her counter for keeping her pastel colors separated and organized...her students get the colors they need, then return them to the appropriate place when they are done. She says, "It's the best thing I have ever done!
|photo credit: Ashley Saddington Olsen-Potthas|
- Another idea to organize pastels is to use these divided trays from the Dollar Tree:
|photo credit: Cassalena Vee|
- Cassalena Vee stores her pastels in bead organizer boxes:
|photo credit: Shelsey Grace|
- Shelsey Grace uses a tiered lazy-susan approach for her pastels:
Instead of using the cheap double sided acrylic mirrors, Jeryl Wittenberg Hollingsworth designed these for her classroom: mirror tile from Lowe's, duct tape around the edges, and a router groove for the board - they are taken apart and stored flat:
Lisa Eckman Phipps uses drawers to organize her drawing media. This picture is from her classroom. Thanks, Lisa!
|photo credit: Lisa Eckman Phipps|
- 4 Tips To Help Your Students Respect Classroom Materials, by Abbie Schukei, theartofed.com
- ART ON A CART - collection of resources
- Managing All That Artwork! Folder, Class Art, and Art Show, Art Teacher Smile, by Emily McEneely
- "5 Ways To Save Your Sharpies", theartofed
Supplies Song, Art With Mrs. Jo, (comedy)
Just for fun, here is an educational film reel from circa 1973 (produced by the Centron Corporation). Enjoy!
Using and Caring For Art Materials, YouTube
article by Mrs. Anna Nichols