Introducing the art box . . .
It contains everything we need (including the tablecloth, t-shirts, and old towels not shown here because they were using them) for any type of painting project. We have another crate just for paints (yep, an entire crate full of paint), but I can pull what we need out of that and bring this straight to the table. Ella can actually help set up while I'm getting other supplies if I need her to. Even in a rush, I can grab the box, and they can paint with the cheap little watercolor trays. Not my favorite, but they work for emergency art. We do have some larger watercolor pads and sketchbooks that don't fit in the box, so those are up on the shelf above the box. I just grab a couple sheets of what we need and carry them out with the box. I'm very excited that we probably won't neglect art for an entire school year, and the kids definitely appreciate more painting time!