Here is a link to my old classroom flashback post.
I have created a new Instagram account in order to share all of my new high school stuff. It is a public account so please follow me @cjhs_art
Now, I would like to give you a little tour of the room along with some links to some of the new items I picked up this summer. Some things I made totally new, like the shibori fabric, that I tie-dyed last spring. And lots of things were 'thrifted' from local places like the DAV, flea markets, and the Habitat for Humanity.
In the past, I've had a painted desk, but this time I wanted something a little quicker than that. I used the good 'ole liquid starch hack. I simply held the hand-dyed fabric up and brushed liquid starch over it. I stretched it and it smoothed out and it dried on the metal desk. Simple as that.
I had to pack up everything in my old room, move it home, pack it up again and move it to my new room. My husband helped me with one load from my old school home, but the rest of it, I physically moved and loaded up all by myself.
I've tried to be picky about what to keep and what to retire. And in some cases, I just wanted some fresh new stuff.
Once I had the fabric on the desk, I had it in my head that I wanted to go for a bohemian vibe.
Literally everyone on pinterest is either using rainbows or farmhouse to decorate their rooms, but with my beaded mona lisa curtain, new plants, and with the tie dye stuff, neither of those 'vibes' worked for me.
I created a moodboard to kind of narrow down what I liked....because my problem is that I am a maximalist, not a minimalist.
So I like LOTS of stuff. A moodboard is kind of like pinterest, but its a little different.
My pinterest boards had everything I have ever liked for classroom/home/diy inspiration and I was able to cull in into one quick visual board.
I've tried to provide links to as many of the products that I purchased new at the bottom of this post as possible.
The wicker stool was at DAV and I paid like $10 for it. The wicker vase and plant are the only other things I bought in the above picture. I figure all of this stuff will be great for still life drawing so it was worth the investment.
Below, you can see the other plant that I bought and the two plant stands I purchased.
I have had some sort of star or paper lantern in every classroom I've ever had. At first, I wasn't going to have anything hanging from the ceiling but I spray painted the BIG gold one (used to be pink and white), and I had the green one at home. The white one is from home, I just added a little blue paint to make it look sort of tie dyed and now I can't imagine this space without the suspended stars.
I had a tendency to clutter up the area above my cabinets in the past, you can see the old crayon box, which is now a prismacolor box...I still have the paint jar, but it doesn't look right with the other new stuff so I took it down. The globes I left at my old school and I also left the manikins.
I am so grateful to the last art teacher for leaving such well-labeled and organized art cabinets, so helpful!! Made my job this summer a lot easier.
Today, (after I took this picture) the custodian offered to adjust all of the desks so they are the same height, which I think will help when sharing supplies. The desks are like mini drafting tables, but the mechanism inside is a little janky so they don't really work right anymore.
School doesn't start for another week, so I have been working on lesson plans and syllabi and new emergency sub plans. It has been a busy summer with moving, changing to a new job and learning all the new ins and outs, but it is also really exciting and I am looking forward to all the changes!
Here is all the stuff I bought.
Growth mindset Activities Bunting on TPT, posted above my board. I printed it on a color printer and laminated it.
Maritime Wall Tapestry Wall art for only $15.91 !! They have the Great Wave and Starry Night, but this one just felt right.
Cavallini Papers Color Wheel Vintage Style I sprung for the one on the wood rod...even thought it was way more expensive than the poster by itself.
Green Click 34 ft LED Outdoor globe String Lights with Remote Control. I like the warm light ones, and I bought a color string for my porch at home.
Darice Square Bevel Mirror For $5 each at Walmart.
Llama ceramic planter. Mine was a gift!
Mint Lexington 3 Tier cart I bought this last year at Michaels.
Lamp, and chairs and wicker table were thrifted.
Paint Palette Wood Table on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
I dyed most of the fabric myself. Using the Jacquard Mini Indigo Tie Dye kit at Michaels.
I found the Rag Rug at Ross for $10 so I though it was a good buy.
Joann Fabric had a bunch of Indigo Shibori Decor items like pillows at the start of summer. I went in at the end to see what was left and 70% off, but most was gone, I got the idea to frame a piece of dyed fabric.... and I did buy about 3 yards of a shibori looking design, but I learned that it is so much cheaper to dye your own. The cut I got was like $20 and I used a coupon to make it a little cheaper. They have more fabric, if I need it in a pinch.
Michaels has a bunch of 'indigo' accessories: duct tape, washi tape, ribbon, garland/banners, but most of it was not on sale and I could not justify spending money on it at full price. Now I need at least 3 more rolls so I will be going back. I couldn't find a link for this.