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Art on a Cart Suggestions

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Kenneth L. Poos (klpoos)
Wed, 09 Jul 1997 20:59:32 -0500

Mary Jane,
Its too bad about your art room. I teach 1st-6th grade on a cart,
sometimes two carts(depends on the project). I teach at desks with no
sinks and have for about 27 years, as there is no art room.
Get to school early and get organized. Know what you will be teaching
and get ALL supplies on the cart, cut paper, etc. ahead of time because
its hard to cart around a paper cutter, it helps if each room has a
paper cutter.
If you are painting, get another cart(paint cart), load it with your
brushes, paper towels, 2 buckets(one empty for dirty water and one
filled with clean water. An empty coffee can with water and liquid soap
to clean out brushes until you can clean them up during lunch. Empty
butter tubs for water, to paint with.
When I come into class, we put desks together to share paint and water
and cover desks with newspspers. I assign some students to pass out
paper, brushes, water containers, and some one to pass out water for
containers which I have large vinegar containers for, that I got from
the cafteria. Its easier to pour water from these containers and not so
messy. If we use tempera paints, we pass out paper plates (for a
pallete)to put paint on and clean up is fast and easy. Have those who
passed put materials, also collect them.
At clean up time, I put liquid soap in the clean water, dunk a paper
towel in it and hand one to each student AT THEIR DESK,(saves alot of
nerves) since everyone wants to come up and wash their hands. I assign
one student to take the trash can around to collect the dirty towels,
and dirty newspapers with the paper plates wrapped inside.
I usually go around to the students and pour out the paint from the
pints with flip up lids but older students in H.S. could do that
themselves. With H.S. students you probably would show them how to clean
up, where everything goes on the cart, and save yourself alot of work.
But with elementary students its alot different.
It takes ALOT more organization on YOUR part for things to run smoothly
on a cart, so get there early and get everything you will need. You
can't go back and get something your forgot and leave your class
Sandy Poos
Cahokia Dist. #187
Cahokia, Ill.

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