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Lesson Plans

tempera dispensing

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 00:38:40 -0500

Dear Art Teachers,

I have a practical problem that I'm sure someone out there can help me
with. I need to find a better way to dispense tempera paints.

I've been using egg cartons. For most standard painting projects, two
students team up and share one carton, four brushes, and a one pint yogurt
container of water. When serving a limited pallette I even use egg cartons
cut in half. Although clean up is just an easy toss and the price is
right, egg cartons seem to be getting rare. I'm having a hard time keeping
the supply up with the demand. I also find them messy for mixing, and
wasteful at clean up time.

I do art on the cart, so the dispensing method must be compact, and able to
fit in a kit-like box. Class sizes average 16, but I have one grades 1,2
class with 34 students. The students work at small classroom desks in
every conceivable arrangement, so again, small is best. There is virtually
no storage available in the individual classrooms.

We also have short periods for the most part, so I would like to avoid
spending extra time setting up and cleaning out individual little cups. I
prefer to refill as needed rather than put a lot of paint out in the

Of course, I'm also on a limited budget. Those fancy cups in the catalogs
that come with a brush hole and cover would be great, but too expensive for
Falls Village right now. Any inexpensive and easy options out there in
professional problem solving land? I look forward to hearing from you!

Mark Alexander
1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031