I have a pallete idea too-The way I learned in a museum long ago and
also was explained in the Met.Museum of Art parent/child workshop
was to use furniture casters. We used them on the cafeteria trays
and lined the side and top with casters(of course starting out with
a few and growing with more colors added).A cup for water and a
sponge at the bottom. This invoved a painting lesson over many
months with the exploration of color/line, shape, mixing but I
prefered using this method when teaching it was cleaner and everyone
was responsible for cleaning their own supplies.
I also liked using milk Jugs with the handles left on but the top
cut off to hold water. When doing murals it was easier passing those
If you can't find casters I have an old address I don't know if it's
still good but it's were we got them from also I have used Tide and
Cheer detergent tops in place of casters and had students
responsible for bring them in. I sent out a letter at the end of
school to ask for certain items I'd need in the year.
> Dear Group,
> 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
> colors well.
> 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?
> Mary Jane
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