After getting out of school and out of town for a week, I am trying to catch
up on the e-mail. So many wonderful ideas!
Here is my two cents (if it is worth that much) on three current topics in
posts under the specific subjects.
For palettes for mixing colors with paint, I cut pieces of white posterboard
(about 8x14), put a label with the student's name and locker number on each
and laminated them. When I cut them apart, I left an edge of laminated film
around them so water wouldn't reach the posterpaper. They worked beautifully
all year. My students and I loved them. It really cut down on wasted paint and
mess. No one could leave anything out without detection and had to live with
the consequences if they didn't clean up well. If a student mixed large
amounts of a color they needed to save, they covered it with plastic wrap.
Previously, I had used old magazines as paint palettes as I was taught in
college. Quick and inexpensive, but very messy, and you couldn't see the
For paint palettes, I buy the round ones from Sax with lids, print a label
with my Art II and up students' names on them for the top AND bottom, and
assign them at the beginning of the year for their art locker. They have to
clean them and return with labels at the end of the year. A couple couldn't
come up with theirs - you know the type - so they got clean-up duty. Folding a
paper towel in the center of the palette and keeping it moist kept the paints
wet for weeks through long-termed painting units. Dried acrylics wouldn't come
off the tops of messy ones, so I might make wax paper liners for the lids next
year. Any other suggestions?
I find using tons of computer generated labels with my students' names and
other information needed for specific uses is a wonderful tool. I make them
with each artist's name and grade to put with all major displays in the
community, and just their names for the art shows. As I have mentioned before,
each student gets a folder with class synopsis, and all of their year's
homework assignments and worksheets, etc. the first day of school with a title
and name label on the front. Sure makes it easier for them and for me as I
grade. I use Microsoft Word for my word processor, but it makes sorry labels
(can't use multiple fonts or sizes, center the information, etc.) so I use
Microsoft Works for my labels. Does anyone recommend better label making
software I could still import my names and data from Microsoft Excel into?