I have taught in many classrooms without a sink - I often devise painting
experiences that do not require any brush washing until completion (by going
from light to dark or using a limited palette) but when we do need to wash
brushes during tempera painting, I have found that teaching the kids to
"dry" their brush in a crunched paper towel is key to eliminating the need
to change water repeatedly. It seems that this gives good results even when
the water is really dirty. I usually don't change the water at all during a
1 hour class....
Mary in MN
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] No sink in my classroom
> I'm a first year art teacher in an elementary school.
> My classroom doesn't have a sink, but there is a boy's
> bathroom right next door. I have 8 tables in my room
> with 4-5 students at each, depending on the class. I
> want to start painting with watercolors (my students
> are nowhere near ready for tempera/acrylics
> behavior-wise, although they're getting better). I am
> thinking of using a small bucket for each table to
> clean their brushes in, or a yogurt container for each
> student. The only thing is that they will need to
> change their water often when using tempera.
> Has anyone taught in a room without a sink? How did
> you handle clean-up? Thanks alot.
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