You may want to try having the large container of fresh water and the empty bucket to drain off the dirty water on a cart. Each class would still haveMessage 1 of 5 , Aug 1, 2008View SourceYou may want to try having the large container of "fresh water" and the empty bucket to drain off the dirty water on a cart. Each class would still have designated brush washers, but the twist is to offer a contest with all of your classes. The top 3 classes could earn a treat (popcorn, watermelon etc...), art related movie or other motivating "prize".
I recently came across a product that does wonders with dried on acrylic paints; "Krud Kutter" from Menard's (big box DIY hardware store) just soak the brushes in a solution overnight and rinse.
Good luck. have a great new school year.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
David G. Exner
Art Teacher & Art Club Co-Adviser
Community High School,District 94
From: "Molliy" <MAKEART96@...>
Sent 7/31/2008 10:58:12 AM
Subject: [art_education] Keeping Brushes clean
Here's my situation:
I have a room, but don't have room- I have a space with temporary
walls, no door and I share the cafeteria's ceiling way up high. But
I'm not complaining when I describe this, because it's way better
than the cart experiences I've had at my former school. I don't want
to go back there. I have everything I need in my "art space" or we
just call it an art room now-- but a sink.
I have to send the kids down to the nearest restrooms for water
and brush washings. I can't go in to the girls room, but of course
not the boy's room where most of my messes are.
I have tried buckets of water-- a pain to carry down the hall and
ourside or even roll with the janitor's wagon.
I have tried a bucket of " put all brushes here that need washing"
but by the time I get through the day, the bucket is full and really
sloppy and some of the paint has tried the bristles.
I have had brush washers in each class-- only they take too much
time and end up being late back to their classroom-- what child
wouldn't want to be?
So, I'm looking for fresh idea or help to some of the above?
I had to throw away alot of brushes last year and I've ordered new
ones for this year-- multi use kind. We use alot of watercolors,
tempera, acrylic, glitter paint/glues and glass paints.