I teach 4th, 5th and 6th grade art in 30 minute classes. I have 6 tables, each table has a color, each table has a job posted on a job chart. I rotate the jobs each Monday (each job has velcro tab on back for easy switching).
1) pass out supplies,
2) pass out work
3) take up supplies
4) take up work
5) clean tables (with wet sponges I keep in a bucket by the sink - they love this)
6) clean up supply shelf
So for example on paint days, the four to six people at the table that passes out supplies know they have to pass out newspaper, watercolor set, brush, half full water cup and paper for all tables.
At the end of class, the table that takes up supplies reverses the procedure, putting the brushes in another tub of soapy water I have just for brushes. We practice this.. and have to stop and redo..from time to time...
This limits the number of people at the sink and gives a set responsibility to each table. When we do acrylic or tempra, we use paper plates as palettes and through them out at the end of class. I set up an assembly line to dispense the paint from pump jugs...if I have time, I do this ahead of class.
I pick one student monitor the paint rack where they store their wet paintings and one student to wash out brushes after they are collected. I stay near the sink and the door... :-)
Works for me..hope this helps
From: Chantal Pinnow [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:49 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] clean up
Does anyone have a good clean up plan? My biggest issue is with 6th and 7th grade and the state they leave my sink and paint brushes in. My classroom sink is right outside my classroom, so it is hard to monitor both what is happening outside at the sink and in the room. It never fails, someone (no one will own up to it) leaves a pile of unclean pallettes and ruined paintbrushes in the sink. I have tried limiting the sink to two at a time, but then we get a long line of people waiting and clean up takes forever and there is still a mess. Any thing that has worked for others?