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Re: paper plate palettes, soda boxes, tablecloth...

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Bunki Kramer (
Mon, 1 Jun 1998 23:12:26 -0700

>Hi Bunki,
>Could you go into a little more detail about your paper plate palettes
>and soda boxes for storage? The kids get globs of tempera on the paper
>plates and do their mixing there? I like that approach. I don't "get"
>the soda boxes. Thanks,>Sandy

Sorry for my ignorance but what's a soda box?
Ann Carolan


Hi........Soda boxes (or soda flats) are the flat cardboard boxes you get
when you purchase 24 cans of pop. I make my shelves in my cabinets about
4-5" high...just space enough to slip a soda box (flat) in comfortably. I
can fit 4 boxes side by side on each shelf. These flats are big enough for
the students to put in their works-in-progress. Their flat portfolio folder
lies underneath the box to stay flat. With my tall shelves, I can get up to
40 boxes in one cabinet.
The first project of the year is to make name tags for their boxes and they
are glued onto the end of their box. In this way, if a student is absent, I
can put in any dittos they missed, work I've handed back that day, collect
work from their box if they are not there...all by looking at their name
tag to find their individual box. It is so practical, easy, and effective
in so many ways. I get the soda flats from the cafeteria ladies anytime I
need them so it's easy to replenish.

Paper plate palettes....I have the plastic kind also but I don't like to
use them normally because the kids just basically don't clean them and it's
a nuisance for me. I do rarely pull them out but I still much prefer the
paper plates. The cost is so minimal. My 6th graders use them for making a
12-spot colorwheel, for making a colorwheel of shades, and a colorwheel for
tints. They save these dried for referring back to while doing a painting
of a leaf using color mixing.

My 7th and 8th graders use them as general palettes. They are asked to use
these "palettes" 3-4 days before starting another palette. They can put new
wet paint over the same dried paint color which re-wets the dried paint
underneath which gives a little more lifespan to the older paint....if you
get my drift. This also works well because I use the SAX gallon paints with
squirt pumps and it's easy to pump paint right on the paper plate in sizes
of dimes, nickels or quarters.

Here's a really good tip I discovered just this year. I bought a plastic
table cover (like the kind with a felt-like lining can get
them in so many neat colors and plaids, etc. and they're cheap, cheap,
cheap) to put under my paint gallons. When the tempera dries that sometimes
spills on the tablecloth, you can just flick it off with you fingers (the
dried up stuff, that is). I don't even need to sponge down the tablecloth
to clean it...just flick it! Also, the gallons are nice because you don't
have as much mess to clean either.


Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd.
Danville, California 94526