Oct 24, 2013

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Video: Streamlined Sink Options for the Art Room

If you are lucky enough to design an art room, or take part in a remodel, you will find there are so many options. Word to the wise: Don’t forget about your sinks! Sinks are one of the most important parts of an art room and can make or break the clean up flow and mess. Recently I was visiting an art room and found this sink to be ‘too cool not to share’ with all of you, especially if you are in the market for a new system.

Some of us can only dream, right? This teacher also had a utility sink in the corner of the room where she can wash up the paint brushes and do other heavy duty clean up.

What are your ‘sink sanity’ solutions?

Do you think you’d like a sink like this? 

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    • Michelle

      I have one of these, but the kids like to turn it on when they pass by. They also like to “play” at the sink or spend an excessive amount of time there. I have to limit hand washing to the last 3 minutes of class or they will find every excuse to visit the sink. In short, it causes a behavior problem. I have to be very strict about sink use! Any ideas or solutions???

  • Laura Allan

    amazing! love it! The sinks in my district are like little peninsulas sticking off of the counter. Someone years ago had some good thinking. My old school had 4, and my current school has 3 in my small room. Very nice. Yea for people who care enough to provide such necessary luxury!

  • Hannah

    I have NO sink in my room! : (… It is AWFUL! My solution? We use spray bottles to wipe down the tables and I have a “dirty water bin” for dirty paintbrushes that I wash at the end of the day or sometimes I have students who actually volunteer to wash them. I have pitchers that I constantly have to fill up in case we need water for painting and I buy baby wipes with my own money to clean hands : (.

    The sink shown in your video is actually the type of sink we have in our bathrooms. A lot of my students use those sinks when they help clean up. My gripe about those sinks are that it’s hard to activate the sensor, so there’s a lot of time wasted trying to wave ours hands in the right spot, and the water pressure is not very strong / you can’t control it.. or the temperature for that matter. Some days we have freezing water, other days we have warm.

    Still working on my sink issue… I’ve looked into the portable ones, but they advertise a certain amount of hand washes until you empty the water, and we all know in the sink room what a “typical” hand wash is.. running water for a few minutes at the minimum, plus more running water for dirty brushes, etc. .. so I don’t think that’s the best solution yet : /.

    • Kim Gilman

      I have a portable sink in my classroom and have to wheel it through the gym to the other side of the building to empty waste water and refill “clean” water. My kids use hand wipes to clean their hands and we use sink water for brushes only. I also keep sponges, recycled towels, and spray bottles of cleaner for cleaning tables/spills. It works pretty well although some days I end up in the school kitchen after school to deep clean my brushes and water cups.

    • Jessica Balsley

      I used spray bottles even when I DID have a sink!

  • Grafixgoddess

    What is the make/model of the sink shown in the video? We are going to be remodeling our room soon and this would be a great help! Thanks!! :)

  • sandra darden

    I have a similar sink but there are a few MAJOR problems! The water comes out in way too little streams to wash a brush well (think about washing a brush out in a shower)…if you turn up the water pressure, then it bounces off the bottom of the sink, really wetting the floor surrounding it, making it a safety issue. I advise visiting an artroom that has a similar sink so you can try it out.

    • Jessica Balsley

      Yes, most teachers who have one of these sinks have a utility sink as well, to wash out supplies.

  • Denise

    Although not the most economical or green way, I use baby wipes for cleaning hands at the end of art. It makes for a speedy exit!

  • Holly

    I have the opportunity to redesign my artroom and I have realized that these sinks are great for washing hands but not so great for cleaning up materials. So I have requested that I have a “community sink” as well as 2 other stainless steel deep sinks for my art helpers to wash out the brushes and paint trays in. Hopefully the architects will grant my request! :)

    • Jessica Balsley

      Sounds like a great plan! Good luck with your beautiful new art room.

  • Shannon

    I have 3 sinks, but with classes only 40 minutes long, I rarely allow students to wash hands. We use soapy rags to clean tables and wipe hands and I remind them that while their hands might appear cleaner, they are still not sanitized and should be kept away from their faces. I assign helpers to refill water and get materials so that only a few people are allowed at the sink during each class. I agree that the sink can be a huge distraction, so any way I can cut down on visits helps!