Art Room Showcase 2010: Space Organizing

Last year we asked our readers to send us pictures of their art rooms. The response was tremendous and our Flickr gallery really shined with your submissions! This year, we added a new twist! You gave us a closer look into what makes your art room work with bins, posters, drawers, and binders.

There were so many great ideas and unbelievably clever storage solutions that we had a hard time picking only three photos. Congratulations to our three winners Tara Conover, Jessica Houston and Amy Kratochvil for their creative organizational solutions! You can view their photos on The Teaching Palette’s homepage.

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Thank you to the following art educators who shared images of their 2010 art space organizational tips:

  • Tricia Fuglestad
  • Carleen Michener
  • Katie Jarvis
  • Jodi Youngman
  • Dawn Lagerstedt
  • Elizabeth Burns
  • Hannah Salia
  • Dusti Moran
  • Melissa Giglio
  • Cynthia Borne
  • Tisha Burke
  • Tara Conover
  • Denise Pannell
  • Sarah Brooks
  • Amy Kratochvil
  • Jeannette Anthos
  • Jennifer Leban
  • Kristen Peck
  • Kim Colasante
  • Clare Butler
  • Theresa McGee
  • Hillary Andrlik
  • Jessica Houston
  • LeAnne Poindexter
  • Samantha Melvin

If you would like to add your organization images to our Flickr set, we would be happy to add them! Send your photo, name, school, and brief photo description to

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.


  • Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee
    September 27, 2010

    Hillary Andrlik + Theresa McGee

    I have a question from @JackieCassidy on Twiter. Can anyone help?
    These ideas are fantastic! Where does evryone get r,o,y,g,b,p bins? I organize by roygbp and had trouble when I wanted new ones…

  • September 27, 2010

    Clare Butler

    I found really good colored bins at

  • September 27, 2010

    Betsy DuKatz

    Amy Kratochvil does AMAZING THINGS at our school year after year after year after year :)

  • September 27, 2010


    Hillary and Theresa, I got my colored bins from oriental trading. They have the 6 colors of small pencil baskets that i put on each table, and then coordinating larger bins.

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  • […] most of my waking hours. My home away from home. I originally took these photos to include in The Teaching Palette’s Show Us Your Art Room 2010: Organization challenge, but I felt like there were way too many photos to include all in one post.  Above you […]

  • November 9, 2010

    Ted Edinger

    I just found your site! Great stuff, and I look forward to exploring it!!!!! Artfully Yours, Mr. E

  • July 17, 2011

    Rachelle | TinkerLab

    this is so inspiring and makes me want to reorganize my house with labels and color-coding! I just shared this on my Facebook page!

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