Mess = Stress?
Even Calder worked in a messy studio. Mess is ok. It’s a part of making art. As art teachers, we each have our own tolerance for the amount of mess we can handle. However, if we don’t keep messes at bay in our art rooms it can get out of hand, quick. (By the way, I love to show this picture of Calder’s studio to my 1st graders when we do Mobiles… It’s just fascinating to see him at work!)
Lately, my room has been a mess. Between finishing up clay, trying to catch up on emails, and basically catching up on everything, cleaning is the last thing on my list. Just today I got a chance to start doing some deep cleaning of all the clay dust and artwork piles, and it sure feels good. I feel like I can finally focus on teaching when my countertops are cleared…
One thing I like to do to make cleaning and picking up less work is to leave as many supplies out as I can. I always kick myself when I noticed I asked the students pick up the markers when the next class coming in needed them. It’s always better to leave out anything you can to save time and energy putting away and picking up. It has worked well, however, to keep some standard supplies on the table this year. The kids have done a nice job with it and it’s saved a lot of running.
Still in all, each day we make a lot of messages, clean them up, and do it all over again!!
What is your tolerance for mess?
Any strategies to keep your room in once piece after a busy day?