Patty’s Room: The Art Center

First, a big thank-you to Patty and her co-teacher Jenni for sharing their amazing classrooms!!

Hold on tight!  This is a massive post!  But it will be worth every visual morsel.  First, I am going to share most of the items in Patty’s Art Center.  Then, following the materials, I have posted a few of the open-ended creations the children created in this center.

I absolutely think it is critical to provide access to open-ended art in the classroom.  I love how Patty has provided such a diversity of materials.

Here is art shelf.  Below is a peek into those baskets and boxes.
A divided box with an assortment of art treasures.
 A basket of found nature items.
 The tried and true toilet rolls.
 A basket of pipecleaners.
 A basket of fake flower petals.
 A basket of plastic bottle caps and packaging.
 A basket of wood pieces.
 A basket of large rocks.
 A basket of river rocks.
 A basket of wood discs.
 A basket of glass discs.
 A basket of assorted scraps.
 A basket of fabric pieces.
A basket of construction paper pieces.
 A basket of wire.  (Love this!)
A couple bowls of beads.
 A basket of cardboard pieces and another basket of paper scraps.
 A box of colored tissue paper.
 A tray of assorted metal art treasures.
 A divided plastic container of ribbons and yarn.

A little box of special hole punches.

A basket of tin cans, plastic lids and cardboard rolls.

 A peek at the displayed creations.
Tomorrow we will look at writing materials.
Thank you Patty!  This is such a treat!

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  1. Wow! Those materials are terrific. I especially like tissue paper. Kids can do so much with it. Renee

    • Tissue paper has so much potential! This art center was definitely engaging!

  2. Redbeet Mama says:

    That was funs scrolling down looking at all the cool stuff in the baskets. Great post!

    • Oh good! There was so much to share! And it was the combination of all those choices that gave the art center it’s magic!

  3. Mary Lirette says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for the wonderful ideas for art center materials. 🙂

    Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives

  4. KinderKapers says:

    I love this!! I have these materials…but not readily available to my students. I need to rethink!


  5. Jo says:

    We have an art cart in the room with most of these materials on it ready for the kids to use. I love the shelf they have their items displayed on! I will also add a basket of metal bits to the cart. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Debbie Grace says:

    Wow! I loved seeing all the art materials displayed in baskets. I feel somewhat justified in my basket obsession (and collection) now. Just wish I had enough room to set out all those different materials.

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