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Re: tempera dispensing

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 12:46:21 GMT

How about keeping each colour seperatly in a glass jar (jam jars), four to
six students sharing four to six jars and then if they need to mix colours
do it on paper that can be thrown out. My students use a lot of times the
styrophome plates you get meat and other things on in the supermarket for a
palette. But if you donīt want any washing up paper to throw away would
have to do. Also if you use one brush pr. jar then water is not necessary
and the brushes just get washed afterwards, I find that very much better
with young children. Hope this helps. Rosa
Mark wrote:
<< 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
< 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