My Brush is in the Bath
If you walk into the art room, you might hear this song (to the tune of the farmer in the dell):
“My brush is in the bath, my brush is in the bath, hi-ho the dariy-o, my brush is in the bath”
Tip: Keeping any brushes, paint trays, brayers, soaked and wet after class will make it much easier for the paint to come off of them. I have kids put their brush in a tub of soapy water until I can get to it at the end of the day and properly wash the brushes. This also avoids lines at the sink, considering I have huge classes and only two sinks. They just drop it in, and walk away. You can also put these tubs right at their tables if movement around the room is an issue. I switch back and forth between both methods depending on the circumstances.
Music helps kids to remember and connect to what they do, especially if some of your students put on their selective hearing the second you start to talk. A song, however, gets everyone’s attention and makes things easier to remember. This is the first of many songs I have that I will share with you to help with procedures around the art room.
If a brush is dirty, what do you do? Give it a bath, of course!