Jancy, We used Sax Ultra Plus tempera on those Oaxacan Wooden Animals.
The colors of that paint are incredibly brilliant and the texture is
like acrylic. One coat covered anything! I am now a poster child for
Sax Ultra Plus Tempera! (Wonder if I could get paid for that?) The
animals are various sizes, depending on how long the legs are, how long
a neck, what size back they choose. Size did not seem to make that much
difference. For example, one girl made a WONDERFUL little winged mouse
(Julia). It was the smallest one, but she took such time with her
patterns that she finished about when everyone else did. Hers is one of
my favorites. You could keep it small and have kids make bugs, etc. I
had wooden boards in 12 inch by 8 inch, 6x6 squares, 8x10, and a bunch
of random sizes. I ordered just about every scrap box available (wood)
from Sax. On some of the scrap boxes I ordered three of each. The legs
were 2", 3", 5" 7", 9" and 12" lengths. I had them bundled in groups of
four before the kids got to them. I also had a mitre saw and some kids
angled their leg ends to make giraffe like creatures.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.