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Re: [teacherartexchange] watercolors - dry pan vs. semi-moist


From: makul9 (makul9_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2007 - 19:12:38 PDT

I have found that the problem comes with using the same sets for more than
about 2 classes in a day - without enough time for the sets to really dry
out in-between classes. I found that the paint becomes very soft (and
liquid) by the end of the day and the kids in the later classes load way too
much paint on their brushes (despite my best efforts at cautioning against
this) - thus they often loose the transparent quality of the paint or they
simply wash it into the water containers.... AND waste huge amounts of
Perhaps you can stagger the usage of the sets so they have more time to dry
out? I have been purchasing Prang oval 16's for many years for my district
and they do last a long time with this method... The initial investment in
more sets will be worth it over time.
in MN

----- Original Message -----
From: "chris massingill"

> Hello All,
> I'm still new to ordering supplies for hundreds of
> students and I have a question about watercolors -
> I've been ordering Prang semi-moist watercolors
> because that's what I've seen used in other classes
> (and it's what my warehouse stocks) but my kids are
> going through this paint so fast it boggles the mind.
> (I see about 200 kids a day and I have them share one
> or two palletes per table - so I have 2-4 kids to a
> pallette x 6 class periods and by 6th period I'm
> running out of blue) I've explained to them how to
> use a lot of water and a little bit of paint and most
> are following the rules - but I still can't seem to
> keep enough paint for them - I don't know if I'm
> expecting too much from the paint or if it's the fact
> that we use semi-moist paint that is easily swiped
> onto a brush that is causing our paint shortage.
> So, after all that, here's my question - is it better
> to invest in some more expensive dry pan watercolors
> that will last or are the more-economical semi-moist
> paints more worthwhile for student use (these would be
> for 5th & 6th grade so i can expect slightly more self
> control when it comes to paint compared to
> kindergarteners - but not much :)
> I would appreciate any suggestions for brands and or
> preferences.
> Thanks!
> Chris in Central Arkansas

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