3 Benefits of Showcasing Student Art in the Classroom

In K-12 education, where subjects like math, science and language often take center stage, the importance of art can sometimes be overlooked. 

Contrary to popular belief that art class is simply learning how to draw or paint, it offers so much more value than just making art. It provides students with opportunities to express themselves creatively, develop critical thinking skills and cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them. Studies have also found that students enrolled in arts education programs are 5 times less likely to drop out of school and 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.

And apart from the art-making process, displaying student art also has several benefits:

1. Boosts student self-esteem.

One of the biggest benefits of showcasing student art in the classroom is the sense of pride and accomplishment students feel. This can help boost their self-esteem and make them more confident in their abilities.

2. Encourages creativity.

When students see their classmates' artwork, they are inspired to be more creative themselves. They may try new techniques or experiment with different materials. This can help them to develop their artistic skills and learn new ways to express themselves.

3. Fosters a positive classroom environment.

When student art is displayed in the classroom, it creates a sense of unity and belonging. It shows that the school values the arts and the work of its students. This can help to build a stronger sense of community and create a positive classroom environment. 

How to Showcase Student Art

Displaying student artwork can be done effectively using a variety of display cases designed for showcasing items. 

Access Display Case

Featuring three adjustable glass shelves, our Access Display Case is an aesthetic option to display student art. The sliding glass doors and sides allow easy viewing of the showcased items while maintaining security with a locking mechanism. The cabinets also come with lighting (installation may be required according to local codes). 

access display case

Perspective Canvas Door Display Cabinet

If you’re working with a tight or small space, our Perspective Canvas Door Display Cabinet is the perfect solution! This storage cabinet not only provides ample storage space but also features doors that are covered with black canvas mesh that provides the perfect space for hanging artwork. 

perspective canvas door display cabinet

Let’s Transform Your Art Classroom

If you’re working with a tight or small space, our Perspective Canvas Door Display Cabinet is the perfect solution! This storage cabinet not only provides ample storage space but also features doors that are covered with black canvas mesh that provides the perfect space for hanging artwork. 

Let’s Transform Your Art Classroom

At Diversified Spaces, we understand the importance of a solid arts education and offer a range of furniture solutions to help outfit your art classroom. Reach out today to discover how we can help create an environment where creativity thrives and student artwork is celebrated!

Sun Prairie West High School Project Profile

Discover how our furniture is making a difference at Sun Prairie West High School! From our Forum Workbenches offering durability and project workspace for tech ed students to our Drafting Tables providing functionality and ample work surface for art class, each piece was chosen to enhance the overall learning experience and improve student outcomes.

 

Reach out today to learn how we can help your school create optimal learning spaces! 

How to Choose the Right School Lab Countertop

When you think of lab safety, what comes to mind? 

At first thought, you may think of the protective gear students should wear upon entering the lab. You may also think of safety supplies such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers and even eyewash stations. 

However, one important safety element that is often overlooked is the choice of lab countertops. The right top material can significantly impact safety, durability and functionality within the lab. Let’s take a look at some common lab countertop options and help you determine which one is best suited for your lab’s specific needs. 

1. Epoxy Resin

Many lab environments – like chemistry labs – often deal with chemicals and high temperatures daily. If this sounds like your lab, our 1” Epoxy Resin option is an ideal choice. This non-absorbent lab countertop is chemical and heat-resistant, ensuring longevity and safety in the lab. 

epoxy lab countertop

2. Phenolic Resin

If you're looking for a versatile lab countertop that compares to epoxy resin, our ¾” Phenolic Resin top is the way to go. Known for its durable construction, this material is perfect for lab surfaces experiencing heavy usage. It's also a go-to option for labs engaging in cold/dry ice experiments. With chemical resistance, non-flammability, and non-absorbency, Phenolic Resin shares 90% of the characteristics of epoxy resin but comes at a fraction of the cost, making it a budget-friendly alternative.

3. ChemGuard

For middle school classrooms or spaces dealing with milder chemicals, our 1-¼” ChemGuard top option is an excellent choice. This lab countertop blends the decorative looks of high-pressure laminate with a durable, chemical-resistant composition, ensuring safety without compromising aesthetics. It also features a Class 1 fire rating and a 3mm PVC molding that is heat-bonded to create a waterproof edge. 

chemguard lab countertop

4. HPL

If your lab doesn’t consistently handle chemicals and high temperatures throughout the day, consider our HPL (high-pressure laminate) top option. This superior lab countertop is resistant to scratching, offering high wear value and making it a perfect, cost-effective option for general science rooms. However, it does have limited resistance to high temperatures and chemicals. 

HPL lab countertop

Still need help deciding? Here’s a summary of our recommendations: 

EpoxyPhenolicChemguardHPL
Type of LabChemistryBiology, PhysicsMiddle School Biology & PhysicsGeneral Science

As always, it’s best to ask yourself these questions before making a final decision: 

  1. What types of experiments will be conducted?
  2. Will you be using chemicals and high temperatures in the lab?
  3. Do you have any budget constraints? 
  4. What safety standards need to be met? 
  5. Is aesthetic appeal important? 

Ready to Choose Your Lab Countertop? 

Choosing the right top material for your lab tables is important for overall safety and functionality in your school lab. At Diversified Spaces, our team of experts is ready to collaborate with you! Let us help you choose a top option that meets your lab’s exact requirements. Reach out today to get started!