I teach art in my house. In my living room, to be exact. Before we moved in, I sketched out the plan of where and how I was going to fit an art space into my living room (I had not yet hatched the plan to teach 4-year olds in that space, ha!). Having an art area to me is as important as having a kitchen. Or a toilet. It’s, like, essential.
My space is now a functioning little classroom, and believe it or not…we also entertain our friends, watch NHL hockey, eat dinner and sit by the fire in this room. It’s true! And it’s all because of my careful planning and layout.
If your next thought is, how can I do this in MY house…well I have the answer!
I get to meet a lot of people through my blog. Mostly we “meet” online, but sometimes there is such an immediate connection it’s an instant friendship. Last year, I began stalking a blogger who was doing something that I had been wanting to do. I emailed her, and lo-and-behold, she emailed back! This is the sign of a good person. Her name is Megan Schiller and she owns a business called The Art Pantry. She’s an art teacher, mom, and blogger. But her main career focus has shifted a bit and now she is an Art Space Planner. How cool is that? You can hire her to make plans, find the furniture and stock the shelves for your very own art room at home (or classroom).
And now for the exciting part, she just wrote a book! It’s an ebook and it’s basically a mini-course on how to set up your own art space at home.
* Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook for free. All opinions are my own.
Here is a passage from Megan’s book that really speaks to me:
“This guide is about setting up a space for creating visual art, but it is within the broad goal of helping children to become self-sufficient makers and innovative thinkers. Art is a means of expression, of working out ideas and emotions. It adds an aesthetic beauty to our world, but it is also an essential instrument of learning. While engaged in the creative process, children are continuously problem solving and coming to new conclusions about the way things work. This is why creativity is essential to innovation and is widely accepted as one of the most important skills in life and in the workplace.”
Megan not only has so many nuggets of wisdom from her years as a Reggio teacher, her book is also filled with concrete, organized and helpful advice on creating an art room in your home. It’s such a fantastic resource for those of you who don’t know how to take the first step.
In fact, there is even more. If you buy Megan’s ebook now, you will get a free bonus ebook called Invitations to Create. It includes 30 days of easy art prompts. Simple ideas for creative play.
But my favorite option of hers is that you can buy her ebook (which is basically an e-course) and get a consultation from her. It’s the “Consultation Package”. Do this one!! If you really don’t know where to begin, I suggest investing in this option. If you’re like me, then spending a little bit extra will make you that much more motivated to actually get it done (right now I’m thinking of my gym membership – argh). And you’ll get to talk to the nicest person and maybe you can become friends! (I am not getting paid for this review and make no money if you hire Megan – I just think it’s a brilliant idea.)
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And if you are interested in knowing what my favorite supplies are to fill your your new space, I have written two posts that can help you: Top 10 Basic Art Supplies and My 10 Favorite Craft Supplies. If you have any questions about anything on my art shelves, just ask!