Get your mind out of the gutter, silly!
Today we are talking about DRYING racks!
One “must have” art room staple is the drying rack. Where there is paint, there must be a place to dry the paint! For the record, I LOVE my drying rack.
I opted for the model that holds 100 sheets. You’d be amazed at how many days this rack is filled by the end of the day. I see 6 groups each day, and chances that we’ve painted and or glued are pretty good. I wedge it between my drawers and paper cutter and can easily pull it out for easy student access.
I train students to do one thing, and one thing only, when putting their art on the drying rack. Start at the BOTTOM and work your way UP. This way I can fit 4 whole classes on the drying rack (remember how it fills up fast!). The red papers at the top are the “place mats” students use to put under smaller artworks so they don’t fall though. Students also use them to paint on to save the table. It works like a charm.
One amazing idea I found a long time ago, and still want to implement is this sign that Jodi from One Crayola Short. Isn’t it clever!? Click on the photo to see her whole post on this idea.