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Re: Painting for jr/sr high beginners

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PrimaryE_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Jun 30 2001 - 20:48:28 PDT


In a message dated 6/30/01 10:24:06 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
dulcius@mindspring.com writes:

<< I'm looking for ideas for an intro-type painting class dealing with
tempera, watercolor, and acrylic painting for jr and sr high students. What
type of progression would you follow, and what successful projects have you
done? Also, how do you best guard against wasted materials? Thanks so much
for your input!!
 -Lydia de Toledo
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Lydia, This is a terrific question for me. I'm teaching quite a few high
school studio/foundation courses next year. Tempera is so important. I love
the idea of the bicycle and the shapes and hope more people will write in
ideas. I have a red three wheeler from when my kids were young that would be
perfect and would easily fit on a table. I bet you could find them at yard
sales for cheap.

I'll address the question of keeping supplies from being wasted. Buy the
round palettes with the plastic covers for each student and let them use it
for the year. It keeps tempera paint from drying out . For acrylics I use
disposable palette sheets for the most part since the acrylic paint clogs my
sink. I waste paint but I don't have to have the sink fixed all the time.
When we do murals I have these little plastic containers which are good for
acrylic paint. All summer save your yogurt containers with covers, mayonaise
jars, deli containers, etc. Wednesday is recycling day here so glass jars
are put out on the street already washed.

Tempera project: After the students do color charts and then tints and
shades of black, I have them cut out pictures from magazines of complementary
colors and glue them on 5 inch square paper. I limit the cutouts to photos
and not drawings. I explain that we don't copy other people's artwork. So
they pick red/green (christmas) or yellow/purple (Easter or Islanders) or
orange/blue (Knicks or Mets....I can't remember now. lol) I give the
students little one inch square windows to place on an interesting part of
the collage. They blow this up and paint it on another 5 inch square piece
of tag paper. You can get a lot of 5" square samples of artwork in art shows
and when you group all the same complementary color paintings together, they
look quite attractive.

As I said before....good question. Thanks everyone. Eileen

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