What happens in a Studio-Classroom when clean up falls short? In our studio, it is understood that if a center doesn’t get cleaned up properly, it closes.
If a center is too difficult for students to maintain, they are showing the teacher that they are not ready for that responsibility, and things are simplified. Instead of 5 center choices, maybe 4 is the right number for a while. Or, maybe instead of three kinds of paint to chose from in the painting center, just one is available for now.
Students earn back center privileges by demonstrating that they can handle and accept responsibility for tools, materials and fixtures in the studio.
Centers rarely close in our studio, because a warning is always issued first, giving students the opportunity to make things right. Often, students will rush from all corners of the room to “save the clay center!” or “keep sculpture open for all!”