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Lesson Plans


good brushes and brush care

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Kauai Academy of Arts (kaca)
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 20:42:31 -1000


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I've had good luck with Eterna brushes (I think they might be a student =
line of Grumbachers, not sure). The #8 flats are very durable ana =
aflexible size for tempera. Also Delta #340 bristle brushes are good. =
For finer work with water based paints I like the Royal RG 590 rounds in =
a size 6 or 8. They hold a good point for several years of use if =
they're taken care of.

I spend an entire lesson on brush construction, care and technique =
(which I would be happy to share) before I paint with ANY grade level. =
I always save ruined brushes to use in my demos. Kids need to know WHY =
the brushes can't be stored on their bristles and why they need to be =
used gently (not scrubbing). No one wants to use the stiff and splayed =
brushes. I walk around the room and point out positive behaviors when =
they first start painting and as they clean up. By the end of that =
first lesson most of them get it with a few reminders. I enjoy seeing =
them police each other at the sink when they wash up.

Deb Rosenbaum

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I've had good luck with Eterna brushes (I think they might be a = student=20 line of Grumbachers, not sure).  The #8 flats are very durable ana=20 aflexible size for tempera.  Also Delta #340 bristle brushes are=20 good.  For finer work with water based paints I like the Royal RG = 590=20 rounds in a size 6 or 8.  They hold a good point for several years = of use=20 if they're taken care of.
 
I spend an entire lesson on brush construction, care and technique = (which I=20 would be happy to share) before I paint with ANY grade level.  I = always=20 save ruined brushes to use in my demos.  Kids need to know WHY the = brushes=20 can't be stored on their bristles and why they need to be used gently = (not=20 scrubbing).  No one wants to use the stiff and splayed = brushes.  I=20 walk around the room and point out positive behaviors when they first = start=20 painting and as they clean up.  By the end of that first lesson = most of=20 them get it with a few reminders.  I enjoy seeing them police each = other at=20 the sink when they wash up.
 
Deb Rosenbaum
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