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Re: [teacherartexchange] My suggestions/ paper for painting and brushes


Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 06:05:15 PDT

In a message dated 04/24/2005 11:57:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

question to the group: anyone else have trouble with
tempera paint getting too wet and buckling paper?
solutions? thinking of painting only on board in the
future. would love to hear others' take on making
larger, detailed tempera pieces... also, what type of
brushes do kids like best for smoothest paint app. and
precise details? want painting to be as

I like to have my kids paint on white tagboard (you know, that manila
stuff, only white) that's 125-150 lb., not drawing paper. It's smoother, heavier
and doesn't buckle. Also, I LOVE to have my kids paint on fingerpainting
paper-the BEST for watercolor and tempera. Another type of paper I offer my
students is a sulfute colored- not white- construction paper. (like Tru ray).
Not only does it take paint well, but the color of the costruction paper
provides an interesting flair to the unpainted areas. Try painting a
(monochromatic blue) painting on (light) blue construction paper, for example.
As far as brushes- on the elementary school level I don't have my kids wash
their brushes every time they want to change colors when they are using
tempera paint. It makes the paint too watery, as they can never dry the brushes
enough. Instead, I provide LOTS of different size and shape brushes that stay
with each color. That keeps the colors rich and the coverage excellent. Of
course, there are hundreds of brushes to wash, but it's a trade off for the
quality of painting I get from the kids.
I order a different size and shape set of brushes each year and have quite
a collection. I've drilled it into the kids, "Small brush for a small
area(details, etc.) and big brush for a big area!"(background, etc.) As a painter,
myself, I love brushes! I guess this reverence for them is reflected in my
teaching. And the kids love to have choices when it comes to brushes, as
well. For larger detailed pieces, I suggest starting with 3 size brushes- #12,
#8, #4.
Susan on Long Island

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