It’s that time of year again. Spring is here, students are bouncing off the walls, and you find yourself day-dreaming of lazy Summer days. But if you are like most art teachers, you may also be dreading the end of the year as you think about packing up and cleaning the art room.
Well, we are here to help with 5 end-of-the year rituals to get your room organized, cleaned and ready for summer vacation!
1. Check with administration to see if there are any specific or special requirements necessary to close your room at the end of the year. I have had to pack my entire art room into boxes (including a tuba!) for renovations and cover all bookshelves with paper because my room was going to be used for summer camp. You definitely don’t want to wait until the last minute to tackle a project of this magnitude, so be sure to ask ahead of time.
2. Create a list of what you need to accomplish before the end of the year. Spring is full of art shows, special assemblies, field days, etc. Creating a list helps you stay organized and remember all the little projects you have going on in this busy time. If you take the time to make a list, you can spend every free minute ticking things off.
3. Get students on board. As you year winds down, let students help prepare the art room for summer. As students finish early they can test markers, sort out broken crayons or even clean. You could also have students volunteer during their recess time to help with projects. I have found that 4th graders in particular are wonderful art room helpers.
4. Break the work into chunks. Maybe you want to tackle your clay room one day and your paper supply the next. If you have a plan, you are less likely to be overwhelmed and will get more accomplished in less time.
5. Be clear about what “donations” you are willing to accept from colleagues. You certainly don’t want to pass up on unused glue sticks, but do you want garbage bags full of broken pencils and crayons? A quick email or list in the lounge alerting colleagues of the items that you want goes a long way.
What do you do to get your room ready for the summer?
What is the craziest thing you have been asked to do?