Above is an overview/wider shot from the back of the room (by my desk) to the front. My screen (which is now a SMARTboard!) has been relocated to an actual wall where we can walk up to it. Last year, the screen was in front of the windows on the opposite wall.
In this shot, you can actually see part of the old roll-up screen hanging above the windows. I relocated the big drafting desk to this wall, along with my favorite tall filing cabinet covered in my sticker collection. The wall with the clock used to house all the AV equipment that now is over by the SMARTboard, so I'm right now int he process of patching and painting the wall. I think I'll pick something really fun, color-wise. Stay tuned.
Here's a shot of my relocated desk. I put it in front of the kiln, which is nice because it's extra-safe away from students' hands (we've never had issues in the past, but still!) and also keeps clay projects farther from passer-bys. Clay projects are stored on the tall black wire shelves you see on the right side of the photo. You can also see part of the rolling bulletin/chalk board in this photo. That changes location ALL the time!
The toy cabinet! I collect lots of things, which actually can come in quite handy when you have a case of artist's block, or need inspiration for still-life objects. I put a lock on it to discourage "borrowing" of my favorite things, like tiny skeleton mariachis and my robot pencil sharpener. Wouldn't want those to get lost anywhere! But the glass makes viewing for sketching purposes very very easy.
Last but not least... the SMARTboard! I'm so excited about using it this year, I even took a class on how to use it over the summer. Sixth graders are already familiar with the technology because some of them had one in their fifth grade classroom - how lucky!
I'm just now getting it set up "just right." I have a desktop PC connected to the board, along with my iPevo document camera/webcam. I also recently purchased a wireless tablet which will be connected to the PC, and will allow me to control the screen from far away, while students can walk up and use the touch screen. I LOVE being able to teach "on the fly" with so much information and easy-to-use technology at our fingertips - literally!
Have a great long Labor Day weekend everyone - I hope to start posting more regularly now that the room is 95% done, and classes are getting into the swing of things!