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Re: [teacherartexchange] Looking for good paint smocks for K-4


From: Holmgren (holmgren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2006 - 18:38:16 PST

Our school nurse (r.n.) gave me the o.k. to use art shirts--she said the
students do not get head lice in that way. (In the past, we were told the
information you had heard). Our students are supposed to provide their own
art shirt, and wear it to art class every week (I teach in a K-2nd grade
building.) I do keep extras in my room for those that forget, or are not
able to provide one.

Mary H.

----- Original Message -----
From: "chris massingill" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Looking for good paint smocks for K-4

>I have a question for those of you using
> shirt/t-shirts for smocks - I was advised in an art ed
> class, not to use these for fear of head lice - and
> that if I did I would need one per kid that is stored
> in a plastic bag - which is totally unmanageable as I
> see approximately 700 kids per week. So, I've been
> looking for plastic smocks for 3-5th graders, I've
> found some for K-2 but it is harder to find the ones
> for the bigger kids. (Some of these 5th graders are
> bigger than I am, which really isn't saying that much,
> but still!!)
> In any case, is the advice that I got re: lice
> over-cautious?
> chris massingill
> Central Arkansas
> --- Melissa Enderle <> wrote:
>> I used old long-sleeve shirts/blouses with success.
>> Kids quickly learned how
>> to help each other button the shirts (placed on
>> backwards) by lining up in a
>> train - very cute! Didn't have problems with paint
>> bleeding through. Having
>> kids roll up their school clothes sleeves also is
>> helpful. Simple aprons
>> tend not to cover enough of the clothing. Teaching
>> in inner-city schools, I
>> didn't have much success in kids bringing in shirts
>> from home - I had a box
>> at school (regularly washed them). For me, it was
>> most important that kids
>> were able to enjoy the painting experience without
>> fear of getting their
>> clothes dirty.
>> Melissa
>> On 2/27/06 9:03 PM, "Sue Cosgrove"
>> <> wrote:
>> > I am gooding for good paint smaocks for K-4. I
>> ordered some from Nasco and
>> > they ripped the first day. Are old shirts from
>> home just as good or does the
>> > paint soak through. I have been on the cart and
>> not painted for 6 years. I
>> > am now in one school and painting again. I don't
>> want to throw money away
>> > again.
>> >
>> > Sue Cosgrove
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