Thursday, March 24, 2011
They don't tell you this in your college art ed program
There's a lot of practical stuff they don't tell you about in college, when they are busy teaching you all sorts of educational jargon and acronyms. Like how to take clean 40 paintbrushes and refill 10 paint trays in 2 minutes between classes, and how to get blue and black paint out from under your fingernails, and what to do when a bucket of papier-mache goo gets spilled on the floor, and how to get red acrylic paint out of fine blond hair, and how to keep the metal strips from coming out of the good wooden rulers, and what to do when the sink clogs, and especially (and most frustratingly), how to keep Elmer's Glue bottles from clogging.
Most of these things I have figured out during my 34 years in the art room, but I'm still befuddled by the glue caps. No matter how many times I tell the kids to close the tops and wipe off the excess glue when done, and to make sure the bottles are standing up, and to NOT stick a scissors in the top to unclog them, I still spend a ridiculous amount of time taking care of them. This morning I put 2 Elmer's bottles on each of 4 tables, all of them working. By the time the 2nd class had left each bottle was clogged and replaced with another, and by the end of the morning I don't think a single bottle still worked. How does this happen?!!
So I spent more than 2 hours after school today, removing and cleaning out all the tops, stabbing myself several times with the punching awl while I chipped away dried glue, and finally refilling. Do you go through this glue bottle ritual? If not, do you have any tips how to avoid it?