When I did my stint with art on a cart- I got the largest cart I could muster
up and jimmy-rigged it with rope on the sides to hold my large reproductions
and samples as I traveled. Think of your cart as a portable store room.
Standard Equip = Pencils, erasers, markers, scissors, glue, white paper,
colored paper and paper towels. These are things that could be stacked (I
stacked these items on the top shelf). I was lucky that in my case, all the
rooms had a sink so the only think I had to do for clean-up was to have
excellent classroom management skills. The bottom shelf was reserved for
special materials- specific to projects such as paint/brushes, newspaper,
tongue depressors, pipe cleaners etc. I had a separate cart for clay/3D
works and would have to also use this cart to transfer student work to the
Kiln. I never took the work out of the classroom unless it was finished and I
was grading them. I asked the teachers for a separate place (unaccessable to
the students) to store their work till the next class. All paintings or
drying project would also stay in the classrooms. Teachers appreciate you
letting them know ahead of time if you need to leave work out to dry. I
would always choose a student or two to help bring finished work to my store
room/office. I would then let them pick a cool sticker from my collection-
for helping me and send them back to class. This was not an "ideal"
situation for me or any art teacher however the more organized you are- the
easier it will be and you will find your experience enjoyable.
Kathy in Kalamazoo