I have a reputation for being a bit "disorganized." Actually, it's a well organized room. The room is about a third the size of a regular classroom and there's not much in the way of shelving. So the counter tops pile up after a while. They are organized piles however. I think her comment was made with my propensity for messiness in mind. But the principal likes me and likes my work. She just doesn't get it when it comes to art. Art is messy and I never stress about the mess. I want the mess because then the kids feel free to explore their expressive ideas. I never let them deliberately be messy, but if in the course of a moment of inspiration they happen to splatter the wall a bit, I'm ok with that. This year we painted with tooth brushes and that was very messy. But oh so very much fun!
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Subject: [art_education] Re: Obvious my room is the Art room visible from the hallway.
It was somewhat inappropriate for you principle to make such comment. It should be expected that at the end of a school year the room would have normal "wear and tear". As far as painting murals, I think it's a wonderful idea. Using acrylics is good but make sure that the current paint on the walls isn't oil based (otherwise the acrylic would peel right off). It's a good idea to primer the walls before you paint it. Have fun with the mural painting and make sure you have students help out and even create the mural.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:art_education%40yahoogroups.com>, Dan Triplett <dtriplett@...> wrote:
> I had an interesting experience at the end of this school year. My principle was doing my final checkout and she came into my room to see if I had accomplished all the checkout tasks. She looked around the room and I'm sure she noticed the paint on all the walls, the floor, and I don't know what else. To me it looked clean. I had removed all the drawings/paintings from the walls and windows and had completely cleaned and reorganized the room. All she could say was, "I wonder if all art rooms look like this at the end of the school year." It wasn't a compliment. After reading this thread, I'm thinking of asking her to let me have the kids paint some of their wonderful artwork on the walls. Won't that be fun! I'm thinking of using an acrylic paint. Is that the best?
> Dan Triplett
> Art Teacher
> Bordeaux Elementary