I'm glad to hear that the vice-principal called wanting to solve the
problem with better equipment. Like Ken, I don't know what loose
graphite and charcoal are, but I can guess at the set-up and cleaning
issues. Some thoughts that come to mind are:
Like glitter (I laughed out loud about your vice-principal's comments on
her glitter use), maybe the students need to be working in an
environment that has an edge - like inside the lid of a paper box. This
way the graphite will have more containment.
If this stuff has a tendency to be somewhat airborne, maybe it needs to
be used in what would be a "spray painting booth." One can build one
these with PVC pipe and fittings (no glue so that it can be
disassembled) and a roll of plastic sheeting from the local hardware big
box store. The booth can sit on a table top or be a full-size walk-in.
I totally appreciate the conundrum of messy art and custodians. I once
did a three-week paper mache skeleton project for Dia de Los Muertos
with 7th graders in a portable classroom that had carpeting. The
students' skeletons were fabulous, but the room was never quite the
same! LOL! I was also very, very, very nice to my custodian for the
rest of my time in that classroom!
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From: Betty B [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 7:38 PM
Subject: Re: loose graphite/charcoal management
I decided several things, like -loose graphite is awesome, and the
difference it made in this project is worth the trouble. It helped my
kids loosen up, their drawings look freer and more relaxed.
The vice-principal called me at home tonight about this, and wanted to
know what they could buy me to help. They are trying to be helpful and
are not trying to get me to not use these projects. (She told me the
same custodian used to yell at her for using glitter) My actual
classroom custodian is awesome, and is not the least bit bothered, its
just the guy in the cafeteria. I guess I am just embarassed that this
was my first real interaction with the new principal.
sigh. Art leaks! Whatever I do, I can't guarantee it will stay in the
room - its like telling the band to keep the music inside their room and
not let it leak into the hall.