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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.
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