Artist expression is not something that should be undermined or taken for granted. It is a powerful platform for learning. When art is embedded in a meaningful context, and even when it is driven by simple enjoyment, learning is present.
These are a few of the areas of intelligence that are supported by creative expression;
Development of symbolic representations to convey thoughts and theories,
Stimulation of memory as children recall previous interactions and knowledge,
Support of literacy, math, and science.
Here are a few considerations when you are looking at your classroom design;
Ensure that the children have easy access to a wide selection of materials whether they are loose materials, paints, clay, pencils, charcoal etc.
These areas should be organized and aesthetically appealing.
Above all else respect the process as much as the product for it is in the process that the learning happens.