Here are five tips for making art storage work in your classroom.
1- Use hanging file folders. Give each student their own file folder, and place all of the folders in hanging file folders. Buy a separate hanging file folder crate to keep the art organized by class, and to free up space in your real filing cabinets.
2- Use pizza boxes. My school has pizza day once a month. Ask your custodian to save you enough boxes for a class set. Students can decorate the outside of the pizza box as an art or early finisher activity. You could also call your local pizza restaurant and see if you can purchase a class set at a reduced cost.
3- Make poster board or large construction paper folders. Staple two pieces of paper together along three sides. Have students decorate the front of their folder. Store folder in an art drying rack or in an upside down desk.
4- Use zipper close plastic bags. I love freezer and giant size zipper close plastic bags. I use them for sorting everything (see this blog post) in my classroom. Write each student’s name on the bag, place in a plastic bin and all artwork can be kept safe in these bags.
5- Use magazine holder boxes or use cereal boxes with a diagonal cut from the top to halfway down. Provide each student with their own box that they can use to store their artwork.
Drying Rack Idea
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