Transforming Traditional Art Room into an Immersive Aesthetic Experience

The design team tackles the pain points and embarks on the transformation of the 40-year-old "Art Room as Canvas."

Aesthetic education offers multiple benefits for high school students. Firstly, it stimulates their creativity and imagination by exposing them to various forms of art. These abilities are not only useful in the field of art but can also be applied to other subjects and everyday life. Secondly, aesthetic education helps students improve their expressive skills, enabling them to better communicate their emotions and thoughts. Additionally, when students showcase their artwork, they receive recognition and appreciation from others, enhancing their self-esteem and confidence. In summary, aesthetic education is an essential part of the holistic development of high school students.


When discussing aesthetic education, it is crucial to consider that the “educational environment” itself serves as a medium for delivering aesthetic experiences. Achieving an immersive and subtly influential approach may have a more direct impact than literal information.


Today, the public’s awareness of “beauty” has become more acute, and the expertise of designers in problem-solving and aesthetic shaping has been integrated into educational spaces.


During discussions with the principal, the design team learned that the school has been dedicated to promoting the balanced development of morality, intelligence, physique, group, and aesthetics for many years. Especially, the school has received numerous awards in the field of art.


Entering the original art room, the design team saw the traces left by generations of students. The original layout of the art room was somewhat disordered, and the flow between the teaching area and the rear area was confusing. Inside the classroom, the division of space for teaching, art supply storage, practical work, and organization was not clear, resulting in a cluttered appearance.


To address these issues, the design team chose white, gray, and wood as the primary colors. By utilizing colored lighting, colors were applied in a virtual manner, blending harmoniously with the transformation. With a significant reduction in the use of solid color blocks, the visual pressure was alleviated. The art room became a canvas that students could define. It embodies the school’s motto: “Life is Art, Art is Life.”


Opening students’ initial perception of beauty through the environment


The design team took into consideration the needs of both teachers and students. For teachers, the storage function of cabinets was maximized, allowing them to organize teaching materials and equipment efficiently, thus improving the effectiveness of their instruction and avoiding unnecessary clutter. The traditional whiteboard was replaced with an enlarged enamel board, freeing teachers from the limitations of the traditional writing area and providing more flexibility and room for imagination in their teaching. The lighting system on the art display wall can be replaced with projectors, allowing students to choose how they want to present their artwork. Through this “exhibition-like” learning experience, the immersive nature of aesthetic learning is deepened.


This art room transformation has created a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing learning environment for students. Through interaction with artworks, students can better understand and appreciate art while incorporating their own creativity and ideas into their own works. Such learning experiences not only cultivate students’ aesthetic sense but also enhance their creativity and expressive abilities.


The efforts of the design team have transformed this traditional art room into an immersive aesthetic experience, providing students with more opportunities for inspiration and growth. The success of this transformation once again proves the importance of aesthetic education in the comprehensive development of high school students. In the future, it is hoped that more educational spaces will be designed as carriers of aesthetic experiences, allowing students to grow and learn in environments that promote beauty.