I use acrylic quite often with my fifth graders. I have used on primed wood
surfaces for large murals. I have also used on tag boards with various
subjects . This year I sued them with a monoprint lesson. It dried slowere
than tempera, but nicer than printers ink. I have found when the students
first start with acrylic over tempera, they have a bit of trouble blending.
It will also shrink back some and they may leave choppy white areas. I have
school grade acrylic which is thick like tube acrylic. I will often dilute
it a bit to give a thinner consistancy . Not thin just thinned some.. Of
course if I am counting on textrue I do not thin it. Clothing has been
damaged! I have also had success doing very decorative/ crafty things with
acrylic on tin, followed by acrylic polymer. Made outdoor quality small
sculptures. Have also sued acrylic on Paper mache and clay. Susan in Ohio
From: Stephen Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 5:54 PM
>I don't post often, but read your messages with great enthusiasm.
>I run a series of after school art clubs for children aged 5-10. I believe
>quite firmly in the use of professional materials for children to use in
>making. Christmas is coming, as is being discussed on the list, and
>I am not really interested in it as a subject, as a special treat I would
>like to introduce the children to working in Acrylic. I can't run to using
>canvas, but am quite prepared to offer primed board.
>Have any of you worked with fairly young children and Acrylic. What are the
>pitfalls and delights I can expect.