Many years ago I taught without a sink in my elemetary art classroom. In fact,
I didn't even have a classroom. I was on an AV cart and went from room to
room. I did try taking students to the restroom. Because of the water
drippage and games kids would play with the art supplies, etc. in the bathroom,
I stopped that. When I painted or did any activity that required water, I put a
large thermos on my cart and students could get water from this. I had large
plastic tubs that students put their brushes into at the end of class. I
usually had some art helpers that would help me wash and put them away at the
end of the day. The kids loved painting so much, I did it quite often. I put
water, also, in a spray bottle. During cleanup or when there was an
"accident", I sprayed the area with water and gave the student some paper
towels. I made sure the water was controlled by me. I put the paintings out
in the hall along the wall for them to dry. I would "rescue" them right after
my next class. I was exhausted at the end of the day...that was a good
exhaustion back then. :-)
Michal's suggestion sounds good, as well. You might want to see if you can get
some parent volunteers when you do an activity such as this. I have heard that
some districts have high school students who volunteer at elementary schools
because they eventually want to be classroom teachers. You could also see if
your local university has any volunteers.
It is a challenge. Hang in there!
ting "M. Austin" <email@example.com>:
> I have plastic cups with lids that I distribute - 2 per table/4 tables
> total. I have student volunteers rinse them out and refill them between
> classes. If you have students plan ahead and paint with light colors first,
> moving on to darker colors you'll get more painting completed before rinsing
> water cups becomes necessary.
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> http://www.geocities.com/theartkids >
> > 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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