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Re: [teacherartexchange] Painting with children


From: Eileen Ellis (iforget000_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 30 2006 - 12:12:45 PDT

HELLO: Connie:

I have been teaching art in the same room for 12 years without a sink.
Last I upgraded from an old metal cart to a rubbermaid cart for my IGLOO water
containers. I put two Igloo containers on the top and an empty 5
gallon bucket on
the bottom. The empty container is for dirty water only! My kids are
very used to it.

I initially had drying space for only 30 pieces of art so if I did 2
homerooms of "wet"
projects it was tough to find drying space. I bought another drying rack
(actually a mail sorter) and could then dry 2 homerooms. Now I have
plastic closet shelving installed over my lockers so I can do up to
120 wet projects per day. If I don't have the drying space we can't do
a wet project. Generally as long as you explain to your principal that
you will
only be putting lightweight paper in the shelves they will usually let
you buy it.
You can also hang lightweight things off the edges of wire shelving.

I know this creates time issues but the school art room is not MY ROOM
it belongs to the kids.
If it's theirs they clean it up! I send students to the closest
bathroom to wash brushes (not acrylic paint). Then later will send
students to double check the bathroom for messes. You must always keep
the custodial staff happy!

Also if something isn't drippy wet you can use clothespins and or
magnets. I have collected tons of magnets over the years.

Our school has two of each grade k-8 and I see them all once a week
for 40 minutes.
Being creative in every way will help in setting up and organizing
your room. The kids have super ideas so ask them too.

I use silverware dividers for my brushes labeled with corresponding
sizes. I keep large brushes in upright plastic containers. I am very
"anal" about brush care and the kids know it. Brushes will last years
and years with proper care. never soak brushes overnight. If you have
too take them home in a zip lock and wash at home and place on paper
towels to dry, Re-shape if necessary.

I keep dishpans in the middle of the student tables with a roll of
paper towel and hand wipes in each one. If you have a spill you clean
it up fast not the teacher. By the time I get there it would be too
late. You can have a "fire drill" with water spills near the beginning
of the year. It a bit messy but fun. Put out scrap paper and tell the
kids you are going to have a Water Spill practice. ONLY YOU , just
you, knock over the kids water and they have to clean it up. I only
allow 1 to 2 water containers at a 4 seat table. We use margarine
containers and the kids are allowed to get up and change the water. We
try to use the light colors first as the water stays cleaner longer.

Send me your e-mail address and I will send you some photos of my
room. It may take me a few days to find them. If I cannot locate my
room pictures I will try to remember to take some the beginning of the
year before everything get messed up! LOL

Eileen Ellis
K-8 art
St .Richard School
North Olmsted Ohio
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On 7/30/06, M. Austin <> wrote:
> I don't know your classroom setup, but organization in the artroom is really
> important, regardless of medium since you want to spend maximum time
> creating and minimum time on distribution of supplies/cleanup. I'll seperate
> some of the issues and how I deal with them:
> Water: Since you have a sink you are several steps ahead already. I have a
> sink in my primary (none in my intermediate for those of you who wonder why
> I seem to contradict myself at times! *L*). I have several butter bowls
> (wider base, low top), and I put one bowl of water between two students.
> Start painting with the lightest color first and work your way towards dark
> colors to keep the water usable as long as possible. I have extra bowls and
> switch their bowls during class. I do NOT allow students out of their chairs
> unless I give students specific jobs.
> Paintbrushes: I like the Biggie paint brushes for my primary students -
> older students I started out with Crayola brushes in various sizes (NOT the
> cheapo ones that come with the watercolors - I take those out from the start
> and put them away!). I think the most important thing you can teach them is
> the proper way to load paint onto a brush, and NOT to smash the brushes down
> on the paper. I explain to them that the metal on the brush holds the
> bristles in - it does not hold paint so they shouldn't try to force paint
> out of it. If they need more paint dip the brush again.
> Storage: When I paint with tempera or watercolor I have students put the
> paintings on their portfolios and stack them on top of each other. This
> makes the paintings dry flat and I don't have storage issues. If we use
> liquid tempera or acrylic I use the drying rack. If we draw with glue they
> have to dry flat so these get laid out along the wall. Also, plan ahead
> which class is going to need what storage so you don't overbook your
> available storage space.
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> > I just joined TeacherArt Exchange last week, so this is my first
> > submission. I have been extremely impressed with the helpfulness and good
> > advice I've seen as I've read past comments and suggestions.
> > I am actually a music teacher, but I am hired to teach both music AND art
> > to grades K-5. I know that students love to paint, and I very much enjoy
> > the paintings of children. But, I find myself avoiding giving them this
> > opportunity because of the mess and my lack of knowledge about how to
> > manage all of the materials, setting up, clean-up, etc. What are good
> > rules for a painting class? What if you only have one sink? Where in the
> > world do you put a day's or a grade's worth of paintings to dry (maybe 100
> > students)? I'm not even sure what kind of brush to use, and I need and
> > want to be able to teach my students correctly. ANY help you can pass
> > along would be very much appreciated. Also, what are some good websites
> > for lesson plans that combine music and art objectives?
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