Thursday, November 12, 2015

Art Project Organization

I'm in the process of making a slow recovery from a computer crash so you might have to bear with me on this post. Thankfully I still had the photos available and Carbonite had all of my files backed up. (If you don't have Carbonite I strongly encourage it!- Thanks to Mary from Sharing Kindergarten it saved me from a two year old temper tantrum meltdown.)

I suppose the only silver lining in any of this is that my computer did need a good cleaning out :) But any who, let me get back to sharing with you why you came here in the first place. ORGANIZATION!

This idea could apply to any art projects you do in your classroom, but my photos show it with the Easy Art Packs created by Gabrielle from Teaching Special Thinkers. These packs are seriously awesome, or you can buy the bundle. She's taken all the work out of it. All I do is look at what's included, add it to my plans, and then prep the pieces. She's given you the stencils, photo direction cards- it's awesome!


But then I had to rack my brain about the best way to store these awesome packs. I love putting stuff in binders, it's easy to grab them. I didn't want to use page protectors because I felt like the stuff would fall out easily or not be large enough to hold everything.

I thought about zipper pouches, but the opposite, they would be too small. I knew a large sealed folder that fit inside of a 3 ring binder had to exist. So like most innovative teachers I went to Amazon. Voila! There they were, Zippered Binder Pockets. They are perfect. I do have to order quite a few of them though to put all the art projects from her pack in them. 


I use the large photo from her individual steps to put in the front and then put the stencils, extra pieces, sample, and photo direction cards inside each pocket.



You can click the links above to get her art packs AND to go to amazon to find these same files. Both binders I used in the photo are 2 inch. Now we just have to convince Gabrielle to start adding binder spines to her packs, right? 
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Years That Ask Questions said...

I use the same easy art bundle! And yep, each project is floating around in a big zip-loc bag. Love this idea, but yikes, more than a $1 a folder is gonna add up fast!

Sarah
Years That Ask Questions

Erin Blecki said...

Agree! I love the idea, but it's not cost effective that's for sure. The folders are big enough that I think you could do 2 art projects for each one and just put one photo on the front and one on the back. I also don't always use every art activity included, so only prep your binder for the ones you'll be using too is another option.

Jannike Johnsen said...

I use page protectors, and they don't fall out. If that's a concern, you can always use a little bit of tape. These art packs are amazing. There are enough for every day of the month, but we don't do that. Instead, I pick a few. Since I have the students for 3 years, it is easy to do something different each year. WIN!

Jannike Johnsen said...

I use page protectors, and they don't fall out. If that's a concern, you can always use a little bit of tape. These art packs are amazing. There are enough for every day of the month, but we don't do that. Instead, I pick a few. Since I have the students for 3 years, it is easy to do something different each year. WIN!

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