Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Reduce, Reduce, Reduce!
Two things seem to be wasted MOST in the art room - paper towels and water! We have got to get into better habits if we are really going to go green.
I put one of these signs at every paper towel dispenser to help us remember what to do. I will also keep out a bin of sponges for table-wiping, and put out rags and old towels on days when we are painting (to clean up possible spills.)
The rule for sponges is to get them wet a little, not a lot. Here's a bad habit we are all guilty of sometimes: bringing sopping wet sponges to the tables to clean with, then wiping up the water with loads of paper towels! That habit is wasteful! If there is too much water on a sponge, squeeze it out!
Don't forget, it's okay if our hands get a little messy in the art room. We only need to wash them if they are germy, sticky, painty, or really dirty.
Did you know you can get Elmer's glue off of your hands by simply rubbing your fingers together really hard? The friction causes the glue to dry and then it just crumbles right off of your skin! Pretty cool - and we won't have to use any paper towels or water getting clean!