Surround Yourself with Beauty
You are what you behold,
so make it good.
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 Art.com.
It’s hard to find classic art collections on the art.com page without searching by the artist’s name. Here is a suggestion.
- From the main home page, click “ALL ART” from the menu along the top of the page.
- From the options that display on the left side of the page, under “SUBJECTS” click “COLLECTIONS.”
- 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 MuralsYourWay.com. 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.
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.)
Have a chess set along with the playset.
Sometimes beauty is in the details.
How about a wardrobe?
Mirrors add depth and class.
Architecture and furnishings set the tone.
Colors, framed prints, and lighting set a beautiful tone in this school hallway.
Classroom and home organization
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: http://chicclassroomstyle.blogspot.com/