After fighting dirty brushes/palettes left in sinks I started something new
3 years ago and it has worked great. I give each student a paint palette
w/lid and 2 brushes at the beginning of the year. They are responsible for
returning those items in good condition at the end of the year or they pay a
replacement cost of $5. Students tend to take better care of their supplies
when the 1) know they will be using those supplies for the entire year and
2) they are financially responsible for them. If students leave their
palettes or brushes lying around I pick them up and return them to the
supply cabinet and that student is still financially responsible for it. If
I have to clean them up or put them away it is too bad for the student. All
palettes are marked by a number.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
>I am curious about what clean-up procedures some of you use for painting
> (especially cleaning brushes). I teach middle school and high school. Some
> kids are very careful with the brushes they use, but there are always
> that bend the bristles every which way and leave paint in the brushes to
> before I ever discover it.
> -How do you make sure everyone is cleaning brushes properly?
> -Do you keep your brushes divided by sizes?
> -How do you keep community areas like sinks cleaned up?
> -Does anyone use the divided water buckets? How do you clean those???