It’s 5 minutes before the end of art class and you know what comes next: clean-up time. That little phrase always puts me in panic mode. Why? Because I don’t have a system. By the end of my class, the area by my sink usually looks something like the photo above. I’ve always been honest about this failing of mine. I like to create not clean! But lucky for you, I have good art teacher friends who do this clean-up thing really well. Here is a collection of sites to visit that will give you better tips than me!
Tips from Fellow Art Teachers
Karen at Mrs. Hansen’s Art Room has a great post on clean-up procedures.
Jessica at The Art of Education is a clean-up queen. I would love to see this gal in action. I think she might be everything I’m not: organized, structured and very clean! Thanks, Jessica for a great article on art teacher timesavers!
Jennifer over at Got Art has some great tips for art room clean up.
Okay, so even though I didn’t create this list, my Deep Space Sparkle’s Facebook page has readers chiming in to give their best tips for easy classroom clean-up.
Tips for Art Room Clean-up
Teach Kids Art refers to paper scraps on the floor as tickets. Read her post Many Hands Make Light Work.
Organizing your Art Room
If you want to go a step further and try to minimize clean-up problems, it’s a good idea to have a place for everything so that everything can go back to its place. The Incredible Art Department has a great post on organizing your art room.
Ms. Novaks at Organized Chaos has clean-up and organizing tips. Super woman!
Mrs. Picasso’s Art Room is gorgeous. I have a feeling that the kids who enter this room know exactly what to do when art time is over.