I have no sink in my art room, but do have one in my supply room which
separates the art room from the music room. The supply room has doors
leading to both my room and the music room.
Once I was having my students store their large wooden sculptures in the
supply room, so they were having to take turns taking the sculptures in
there at the end of class. There was so much going on, that I was not
really watching them.
Well, at the end of the day, I went into the supply room and found that
someone had "had a great time" with the pumps on my gallon jugs of tempera
paint and there was paint all over the cabinets, on the supplies, and floor.
I was furious. When the students returned to class the next day, I told
them that I knew one (or some) of them squirted the paint and they need to
"fess up"and clean it up...and that no one was going to work that day until
it WAS cleaned up. Well, no one admitted to doing it...so we sat there in
class, everybody quiet, no one moving, and no one would admit to doing it.
Everybody kept looking at everybody else and telling them that "whoever did
it, to please clean it up", so they could work that day.
Finally, they told me that even thought they did NOT do it, they would clean
it up just so they could work. Well, several volunteers scrubbed and
scrubbed until all the paint was cleaned up...and back to work everybody
Well, later that day, a student (not one of mine) came and called me out of
my classroom and told me that a student from the music class had slipped in
there and squirted the paint.
Boy...were my students mad at the girl that did it...and she had to
apologize to my students...but that was the extent of her punishment.
Now, I hardly ever have any problems with students deliberately "trashing
things" in the art room...but one of the things that I think has made a
difference is the fact that they are able to CHOOSE to take art...and not
everybody gets to take art.