> He told me to "Get over it" when I said I had no earthly idea how I'd do this.
This speaks volumes- he isn't likely to work with you (where was YOUR input when they were "solving" this problem?). Maybe 7 and 8th will be doing detailed drawing units, art history, paper manipulations, etc. - dry work. When you are comfortable with the new situation then try to bring in wet work. The kids might miss out on some materials, but they will be missing out even more if you are stressed and overwhelmed! I wouldn't even do a cart across the street- a basket or crate on wheels. Is the room yours? Is there a janitor closet or rest room near by with water?
This could be an opportunity to educate the middle school faculty so they see what you do w/ the kids. When they ask whe
re the paint and clay are they will know the answer- across the street. Getting other teachers on your side will make a difference; they are probably only thinking about one less worry for them with the crosswalk issue out of the way. Good luck! Ali NNY k-4