Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Learning Spaces and Affordable Art for Your Classroom

     I have started to think about my classroom design in a whole different light this summer, after going on a field trip to the Brandon Center in Ann Arbor.  (You can find a Zap I created on my iPad here.)   I already have fadeless light blue and light green bulletin boards, so I thought I would stick with that color theme, as it is also a popular one in the stores right now. 
    What I really liked about the Brandon Center was that it felt like home.  It was such an inviting learning space.  I couldn't stop thinking about how I could make my classroom more like that this year.  So I went to Salvation Army to see what I could find to bring a bit of home into the classroom.  I found a lot of frames that could be useful, as well as shelves.  (I am not sure how I will mount them all to my concrete block walls...but I am sure 3M will have a solution for me!) 

   I also have spent a lot of time on Pinterest, as classroom design is a popular pinning theme.  I found an amazing resource from http://www.theschoolsupplyaddict.com/.  Ashley has done a wonderful job of pulling together resources and images of classrooms from all over that exemplify classroom design.  Since I am a visual learner, this was a perfect site to get my creative juices flowing! 

       I went to Michael's and got a lot of cool scrapbook paper to go along with the blue/green theme.  I thought it would make great background for the frames I purchased.  Then I started thinking about what images I could put in the frames.  I am a huge fan of Costco!  I am fortunate enough to have one 5 minutes away from my house.  I use Costco to print all of my photos, but I also use many of the other features of their photo center.  Did you know that you can get prints of artwork?  If you are in the mood to redecorate any room...school or home, I highly suggest to take a look at the thousands of pieces of artwork that can be printed off in a variety of sizes and a variety of surfaces. They can be viewed by artist, by color, and by theme. Take a look!  It is great also to create custom posters and print them off inexpensively. 

    I am eager to get into my room in a couple of weeks and get started on reinventing my learning space.  Stay tuned to see how it all turns out!

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