> I stopped allowing free access to paint because of the waste. Now, I
> give each student an imaginary budget with which to "buy" their tools
> and paint. They can buy individual tubes, but in your case if you're
> using large jugs maybe "charge" a certain amount per blob. The budget I
> give them is not enough to buy every type of brush and every color of
> paint; they have to make a lot of choices and often team up with a buddy
> to each buy certain colors to share.
this 'buy' idea is FABULOUS! i am definitely going to use it.
how do you do it with your age group? with my elementary schoolers, i think
actually paper coins or something may be fun.