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Re: Keeping a Clean Art Room

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Fran Marze (
Sat, 29 Nov 1997 19:05:11 -0500 (EST)

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I definitely agree with you about keeping students out of supply closet.
They can kill it quickly. I have a lot to clean now sinceI recently had
hand surgery. When two colleagues and i started at our school four years
ago, we started cleaning all the supply closets in three rooms. Two of us
were trapped in one closet and couldn't get out the door and had to scream
for the third colleague who was two rooms away sawing wood to fit in the
wood closet! Each year our task gets better. With high school students we
have big cleanup days at end of semesters and everyone has to do that
participatory work or get a "0" It works as they can choose a clean or
dirty job and the division works out evenly as some would rather do files
and others would rather clean something.

Keep those suggestions coming. This year I started to use color tape to
separate those brushes used for watercolor, those for acrylics, those for
oil and those in bad shape for bad jobs! it is starting to work.

We keep asking for replacement of equipment, books, slides and have slowly
started to build up our resources. One problem we have, though, has been
teachers who send students for poster board, paint, brushes and such. I
went to dept. Chairpeople this year and advised them to have those
teachers in their depts. order these items as we could not supply them to
everyone out of our budget. Once we cleared out all the ancient stuff from
BC (of which some was surprisingly still usable.) Also, i like to label
all paints (acrylic) with year and stock shelves like supermarkets with
newest in back.
I've cleaned a closet and labeled shelves for finished work by class
period. I made manila folders for evaluation sheets and students have
access to those. This has helped, but my storage space is very limited and
would like to hear any other tips.

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