I usually put everything away and resort to paper and pencil/ video, and
written work when I have to be out. However, I had long term projects in
progress in all my classes, and had to be out for an extended bereavement
leave last month. Silly me, I left everything out for them to continue their
I will NEVER NEVER NEVER leave materials out again. I nearly cried when I
came back to my middle school studio. Black tempera had been poured into the
wheat paste mixture,dirty brushes and brushes in cups of paint all over the
place, and the building service worker told me there was paint all over the
floor. What a hideous mess!
I know--I should have known better after all these years. Well, hit me over
the head. After we cleaned everything up, I put all the materials on carts
which go back in the closet every night.