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Super Cheap Student Art Example Organization

Okay, Let me spill the tea on my student art example organization saga—it was like organizing a chaotic art party, but without the spilled paint!

So, picture this: I’m drowning in a sea of student examples, desperately trying to keep my sanity. Sure, I still showcase them on a projector or a smart screen, but let’s be real, there’s nothing like the raw, physical beauty of real art. But, oh boy, the struggle was real, too.

I had this old Rubbermaid tote that was basically a black hole of crumpled masterpieces. It was like playing hide-and-seek with student projects, and guess who was losing? Spoiler alert: me.

After what seemed like an eternity in the chaotic art cosmos, I decided it was time for a change. But, breaking the bank? No way, Jose—gotta stick to that teacher budget, am I right?

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Now, brace yourself for the wild part. I channeled my inner Marie Kondo and unleashed a hurricane of art across my classroom. Tables, chairs, counters—every nook and cranny was a canvas for artistic mayhem. Then, I morphed into a DIY superhero, creating mammoth folders out of black railroad board.  

I wrote the assignment name on notecards and attached them to the railroad board with masking tape. I color-coded like an absolute boss—purple for Art 1, orange for Art 2. A dreaded Walmart trip and I came out like a knight in shining armor with a colossal pack of binder clips, and bam! The folders marched in line inside the old tote and now they are all neat and organized.

After a few days of art room chaos, and I birthed the masterpiece of organization. Finding student examples now feels like a sprint, and I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner! Maybe it’s not the prettiest student art example organization method out there, but it’s cheap and it works! How about you, my friend? How do you tackle the wild world of student art chaos? Spill it in the comments below!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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