Friday, April 30, 2010

Mrs. Poindexter!!! Where do I put my painting???

That's a question I used to hear a LOT! Here's an easy solution that's helped me tremendously in not only collecting student's wet paintings, but also in distribution during the next class.

Each table has a table number (you probably already have a similar system in place).
I put tabs on my drying rack that corresponds to the table numbers (colors, whatever...) over the tables. This way, the paintings are in order for a quick distribution the next time the kids come to art!

I also keep a drawer of clips close by with the class codes on them. They are placed on the top of the drying rack so that the kids can confirm that they are putting their paintings in the right spot.

Hope this helps someone! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Idea: Use OLD DISHWASHER RACKS for storage!

Art teachers are well known for using recyclable materials, aren't we?  We use plastic containers of all sorts to hold art supplies or water and old clothing as smocks. We even use recyclable materials to create art!

One material that I recycle in the art room is OLD DISHWASHER RACKS!  Their non-stick coating makes them so handy as drying racks for paper mache projects.  I first had this idea when I bought a new dishwasher and just couldn't let them take the old racks away...I knew there would be a good use for them.  They worked so well for drying paper mache projects, that I've since gone to an appliance store and picked up extras that were being sent to the dump so that I  have enough for each class.

What do YOU recycle in the art room?