Art Room Showcase 2009

When we launched The Teaching Palette back on September 29, 2008 (almost one year ago), one of our goals was to create a place where other art educators could share their ideas and successes.  With the start of the new school year, we came up with the “Show Us Your Art Room” feature.

Well, here it is… the creative spaces submitted by art educators around the globe and assembled into one Art Room Showcase (2009 edition). We hope art teachers will be inspired for their own spaces!

In addition to any comments you leave here, we’d like to encourage you to also leave comments in the flickr art room gallery.  Below is a nifty Flickr widget highlighting some of the art room entries.  Click any image for a close-up.

Thank you to the following art educators who shared images of their 2009 art spaces:

  1. Laura Carey (winner, as seen on our home page – the shopping cart)
  2. Myrna Ellison (winner, as seen on our home page – the castle)
  3. Matt Cauthron (winner, as seen on our home page – the digital studio)
  4. Lori Wilson
  5. Elizabeth Burns
  6. Frank Curkovic
  7. Brooke Nicholson
  8. Tara Conover
  9. Tricia Fuglestad
  10. Denise Pannell
  11. Jessica Houston
  12. Emily Valenza
  13. Tana Puppe
  14. Susan Bivona
  15. Katie Balla
  16. Keith Chapman
  17. Matt Cauthron
  18. Amy Kratochvil
  19. Kristen Grzemski
  20. Carol Frueh
  21. Katie Jarvis
  22. Myrna Ellison
  23. Christy Branham
  24. Katherine Malone-Smith
  25. Maria Smith
  26. Laura Carey
  27. Julie Vladika
  28. Theresa McGee
  29. Hillary Andrlik
  30. Brooke Nicholson

Do you have an art space to share? We can add it to our Flickr pool! Email photos to

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Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee

The founders and primary authors of this blog are Hillary Andrlik and Theresa McGee, who both teach elementary art in the Chicagoland area. Hillary has been teaching art since 2002, received her art education degree from Illinois State University and masters from National Louis University. Theresa has been teaching since 1997 and received her bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University and masters from Benedictine University. In 2008, Theresa became a National Board Certified Teacher. Both Hillary and Theresa have earned the honor of being Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Together, Hillary and Theresa have presented at Illinois Art Education Association Conference on topics ranging from classroom management to technology and each have presented on numerous other occasions for other organizations.


  • September 19, 2009


    Thanks for that post! Just looking at the other art rooms gave me many, many ideas! What a wonderful idea, definitely inspiring!

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  • September 19, 2009

    Karen Bosch

    I love the spinning Flickr image widget! Would you share where you found it – I’ve never seen it before. Thanks!

  • Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee
    September 19, 2009


    We thought the widget was pretty cool too! You can get the Flickr widget at

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