Surround Yourself with Beauty


Spring 2016

You are what you behold,

so make it good.


The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID

We all know that our surroundings affect us. Give it some thought. Below are ideas and sources to get you started, whether you are decorating a dining room or a classroom.


Art | Articles | Pictures from Our Schools | For Fun

ACCS Conference Talks


ACCS Conference Talks


Matt Whitling on school culture



Jenny Rallens on cultivating affections and classroom decor (towards the end of her talk)



Start with Art

Besides cleaning up and decluttering, one of the easiest ways to surround yourself with beauty is to buy prints of great art. We live in a time when this is incredibly easy, and we should take advantage of it.

There are countless sources. For starters, try

It’s hard to find classic art collections on the page without searching by the artist’s name. Here is a suggestion.

  1. From the main home page, click “ALL ART” from the menu along the top of the page.
  2. From the options that display on the left side of the page, under “SUBJECTS” click “COLLECTIONS.” 
  3. From the new list of options on the left, browse through the various collections. “Art Resource Images” and “Museum Collections” are both good places to start.

Note: Want versatility? Try magnetic prints! These can be especially useful in a classroom for switching seasons, artists, subjects, or whatever your imaginations inspires!

Another great source is At The Ambrose School, they created a montage of photos from
their school with their logo in the center, then created a print large enough to fill the wall of their conference room.


From Parking Lots to Bulletin Boards: Why Aesthetics Matter in a Classical Classroom

School and Classroom Ethos

Classical Education Displays Joyful Learning

Pictures from Our Schools

Chess and books. Decor doesn’t get better than that! Replace your Candy Land board with chess and see the difference. (Not that we all don’t enjoy a few rounds of Candy Land now and again.)


The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID

Have a chess set along with the playset.



The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID

Sometimes beauty is in the details.


Cair Paravel, Topeka, KS


Cair Paravel, Topeka, KS

How about a wardrobe?


Cair Paravel, Topeka, KS

Mirrors add depth and class.


Veritas School, Richmond, VA

Architecture and furnishings set the tone.


Veritas School, Richmond, VA

Colors, framed prints, and lighting set a beautiful tone in this school hallway.


The Ambrose School, Meridian, ID

For Fun

Classroom and home organization

Fun: The Blik Not Whiteboard

Fun and Cheap: Old frames. Groupings are great to showcase student masterpieces. Use all sizes in all places for all sorts of displays. The things teachers need to hang on their walls is endless, and so are frame designs! For an example, scroll down a bit on this one:



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