>This may or may not be feasible for your situation, but I used to have >the same problem with my HS students. It wasn't until I gave them >temporary ownership of the brushes (with their initials on a masking tape >"flag" on the handle) that they started taking much better care of them. > We do the same with palettes, palette knives, drawing pens...anything >that needs a thorough cleaning at the end of class. >Maggie
Maggie, I tried this once...and found they were still "one step up on me".
They didn't have "cubbies" to keep their own supplies, but we had shelves
with the items stored there. I had some students who thought nothing of
taking the tape flag off of another person's tools and putting one of their
own on it...then the person who was missing theirs was not the "culprit".
This happened a lot when someone would be absent.