A DIY desk that's multifunctional and made from recycled materials.
An art classroom at MOMA in NY. I love the crisp white ceiling and walls.
This is an example of a early childhood outdoor painting area but I think this would be brilliant for students of any age. Just make the space larger and let the students get inspired by being outside!
I've been rethinking my classroom design. My class studios in the past have always been inviting and functional and I've tried to make them as inspiring as they can be and a place where the kids want to hang out. There are always limitations to classroom design that we have to consider, things like the physical shape and size of the room, available storage, sinks, outlets, and the furniture you have to work with when you first get the space. When I look back on all of my previous classrooms I remember wanting to do a lot more to make them more innovative and multi-functional but that factors such as time, budget and frankly, indecisiveness held me back. There are many examples of innovative classroom designs that inspire me, especially coming out of schools in Scandanavian countries that involve designer imagined and executed spaces that are multifunctional and visually beautiful. Those spaces, although fantastic for inspiration are not exactly feasible in most schools, so I've been thinking a lot about how to achieve a similar outcome for a lot less money and without a professional designer. My plan basically boils down to two things, one involves materials and the other involves labor. One, second hand refabrication. Refabricating old school furniture, community donations, and cheap second hand pieces to create exactly what we want, and when I say we I mean the students and I. Two, the students do the designing and the labor. It's our space, theirs and mine, and I would love to work with the students to find out exactly what they want from our future space, merge it with what I need as their teacher and then have them work through the design process to accomplish our mutual goal. It would be a fantastic extra-curricular group and would be something that I would ideally like to work with a design tech teacher on.