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Re: [teacherartexchange] No sink in my classroom


From: Eileen Ellis (iforget000_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 03 2006 - 19:49:46 PDT


I am in my 13th year teaching art in a classroom without a sink with
the boys bathroom next door
and 8 tables of 4! How weird is that. I bought 2 spigut igloo
containers and got the custodianns to find me and old wheeled cart.
The older the better as it was going to end up rusted!
I keep the cart loaded with margarine cups donated by the parents and
any other free pastic containers the parents are willing to donate!
They are very willing if you keep asking the kids! offer incentives to
get the TUBS. I quit using the spiguts and just let the kids scoop out
the clean water. On the bottom shelf I keep an old 5 gallon bucket
(also donated) on the bottom for dirty water.
I have a donated rolling (cheap) cart with platic dollar store silver
ware trays for my assorted brushes.

My kids are so used to it they don't miss the sink. You cannot do
things like clay though because it is too hard to clean up. I keep
dollar store dish pans on the table with donated paper towels and hand
wipes. My K-6 students have to bring a pkg of wipes to school at the
beginning of the year for art class and the 7th and 8th have to bring
one roll of paper towel.

Eileen in Ohio

On 10/3/06, <> wrote:
> I have a sink and never let them at the water with tempera anyway. Use a limited palette and teach color mixing by having them double load the brush and mix on the paper. Wipe the brush with a paper towel rather than rinse before changing colors. Doing it this way actually gives you more unity by making the colors relate to each other more than if they were to rinse after each color. You can bring the bucket out and wash the brushes when class is over.
> No rinsing at the sink with watercolors either. We clean the kits at the end of the lesson by simply wiping them clean with a paper towel dipped in the paint water.
> Linda
> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 09:08:30 -0700 (PDT)
> >From: Steph Katele <>
> >Subject: [teacherartexchange] No sink in my classroom
> >To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> >
> >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.
> >Steph
> >
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