Art is one of the most important subjects in K-12 schools. It’s more than learning how to draw a tree or creating a ceramic mug. Art class allows students to develop life skills that will help them in their future endeavors. They learn how practice makes perfect and how small differences can have a large impact. But, one of the most important skills they'll learn is creativity.
Creativity is the most sought-after skill in today’s workforce. According to an Adobe study, 85% of college-educated professionals say creative thinking is critical to problem-solving in their careers. Additionally, a World Economic Forum report stated that creativity will become one of the top three skills workers will need … and it already has!
5 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
And 30% more likely to pursue a professional career
With this in mind, it’s no doubt that investing in K-12 art programs is also making an investment in students’ futures.
If your art program is due for an overhaul, make sure you follow these art classroom design tips below to ensure you’re setting students up for success.
1. Choose an appropriate work surface.
One of the biggest art classroom design tips is to find a durable, large work surface that has plenty of room to complete projects and can withstand the demands of an art classroom. Available in various sizes, our Perspective Tables are the perfect solution! Constructed of solid maple with two tapered pedestal-style pane legs and two maple truss bars, these tables are built to last. Plus, you can choose from three top options to fit your needs: maple butcher block, natural maple high-pressure laminate (HPL) or almond HPL.
2. Make ample room for storage.
Canvas, paint, pencils, colored paper, charcoal … you name it! Whether it’s a ceramics studio or a drawing class, there will always be an abundance of supplies in an art classroom. That’s why it’s essential to have a variety of storage throughout the space. Some options to choose from include our Drawing Supply Cabinet, Paper Storage Cabinet, Hanging Wall Storage Cabinet and more. Browse through our Perspective Art Storage collection now.
Accessibility to supplies is also something to keep in mind! If there are supplies that students use on a regular basis, store those supplies in areas where all students can access them at any time.
3. Use color to improve creativity.
Art class is all about letting a student’s creativity shine! To improve creativity, your art classroom design should incorporate color that is known to boost it. These colors include:
Orange. Add a splash of creativity to the art room with orange. Incorporate orange accent furniture or decor to improve creativity, inspiration and overall mood.
Yellow. Yellow represents creativity, friendliness, optimism and confidence! Creating an art classroom design with yellow accents will stimulate positivity, creativity and happiness.
Red. If students need some imagination and inspiration, add red accents throughout your art classroom. Because red is also a warm color like orange, it will help boost creativity, alertness and excitement!
Displaying student artwork throughout the art classroom helps students feel proud and confident about their work and gives other students inspiration for their own artwork. The display of artwork also promotes artistic discussions between students and teachers.
Opting for a display solution like our Perspective Canvas Door Display Cabinet will help you maximize storage while simultaneously creating space to display artwork. This unit features a fixed bottom and middle shelf with four adjustable shelves for storage. Plus, the doors feature a black canvas mesh and can be used to hang artwork.
5. Don’t forget the sinks!
If you’ve ever taken an art class or taught an art class, chances are you’ve seen how easy it is for the space to become a mess! That’s why an art classroom design should incorporate features that make the cleanup process easy, including sinks. Whether it’s paint-filled brushes or hands full of clay dust, our Perspective Art Clean Up Sink is the perfect cleanup solution for any art classroom mess.
Let’s Get Creative with Your Art Classroom Design
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“Our world has changed. In today’s highly-technical knowledge-based economy, having hands-on skills and perfecting what one is good at can be more valuable than getting a degree in ‘something’ simply to get one.” – South Central Service Cooperative
Take a moment to think back to your high school years. Do you feel like your classes prepared you for the real world?
If you answered “no”, you’re not alone. The Association of American Colleges and Universities conducted a survey that found that only 55% of students attending high school feel prepared to enter the workforce.
Another study by the Kauffman Foundation found a disconnect between high school and the real world. Survey participants – including parents and employers – indicated that students are graduating high school college-ready, but not career-ready. Survey answers also agreed that “life skills” are the most important when preparing students for success in the workforce.
Because of this, more schools are incorporating career and technical education (CTE) programs into their curriculum. In 2020-2021, there were over 12.3 million students enrolled in CTE programs across the country.
Defining Career and Technical Education (CTE)
What is career and technical education?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce by providing technical, academic and employability skills. These programs provide students with a variety of career exploration opportunities, allowing students to fully understand their career interests and aptitudes.
CTE programs focus on a set of career clusters, each representing a broad sector of the job market. Common clusters include:
Career and Technical Education Career Clusters
Business, Marketing and Management
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Communication and Information Systems
Skilled and Technical Sciences
Human Sciences and Education
And while specific career and technical education programs may differ from school to school, the goals of these programs remain the same:
Provide opportunities for career exploration within targeted career clusters to help students find their purpose and passion.
Provide real-life experience for students prior to high school graduation through apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and more.
Provide each student with the academic and technical skills needed to pursue additional education (technical school, community college, college or university) or transition into the workforce.
How CTE Supports Students with Learning Disabilities
Though CTE courses benefit everyone, CTE especially helps students with learning disabilities.
Throughout the United States, students with disabilities are less likely to graduate on time, attend college or be employed compared to those without a disability. But, studies have shown that students with disabilities who participate in CTE programs have far better outcomes including:
While most career and technical education programs are established in high schools, many professionals believe that even younger students could benefit from career exploration and the introduction of CTE within their curriculum. In fact, research shows that students as young as fifth grade (10 years old) have already started narrowing down career options and identifying early career aspirations.
So, how can school districts incorporate CTE in early childhood education?
Today's children will pursue several careers throughout their lives, as opposed to the one or two careers of previous generations. It’s astounding to think that today’s elementary students will not start their careers until sometime around 2040! (Can you imagine all the new and exciting career pathways that will be available 20 years from now?) Given this, CTE in early childhood education should focus on teaching students the skills that they will need to succeed in any career. These skills include:
Communicating well with others
Being kind to others
Being a good problem solve
Being able to adapt
With an early introduction to valuable work skills, students will be well-positioned for any career path.
Spaces That Support CTE
Gone are the days of the “one-size-fits-all” classroom! Flexibility and adaptability are key for any successful CTE learning space to support the needs of each learner and their individual goals.
At Diversified Spaces, we offer hands-on furniture solutions that support CTE education, including health sciences, manufacturing and construction, and robotics. Reach out to one of our experts today to find out more.
It’s no doubt that career and technical education is an important part of a student’s success. CTE is an invaluable tool for preparing today’s students to thrive in tomorrow’s workforce.