Replying to Rosa re; glass jars-
Be careful with use of glass jars, especially with young
children. Little hands often drop things accidentally; when glass breaks
it can cause a hazard in the art classrroom, a crucial safety and hazards
issue for the Elementary Art Educator.
I replied just to Alix, but thought all might benefit from my direct
response to him, after reading Rosa's response.
Try using plastic plates that have divisions for the different
food groups. You can obtain these at Wall Mart/ K Mart,...a Dollar
store, etc. They are well worth the investment. They can be stacked,
with the paint in them, if you create a lid for them from cardboard, etc.
Old containers of marjarine, or plastic butter bowls, that have plastic
lids also work well when larger amounts of paint are needed, for
temporary storage. Ask you kids to bring empty ones in, before long
you'll have a wealth of supply. They can be tossed when they become to
nasty to use.
Hope this helps!
-Betti L.On Thu, 17 Oct 1996, Alix Peshette wrote:
> > Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 00:38:40 -0500
> > To: artsednet
> > From: (Mark Alexander)mamjam
> > Subject: tempera dispensing
> 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
> > 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
> > beginning.
> > 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
> Hi Mark;
> I have been using 'portion cups' with lids from my local restaurant
> supply store. We, in California, have a chain called Smart and
> Final. It's open to the retail public and they sell lots of
> disposable stuff for cheap. The portion cups come in all sizes. I also use the cups to let students mix their
> own colors. The cups will also fit nicely into muffin tins for 'serving up' a
> selection of paint. The muffin tins often show up at thrift stores or
> go on sale at Walmart. Hope this helps.
> -Alix Peshette
> Emerson Junior High
> Davis, CA
My two cents worth:
I used to keep liquid tempera in empty (but cleaned) dishwashing
liquid plastic bottles. I rarely had a spill and I used plastic
ice trays (one per table) to serve as palettes.
Nancy Walkup, Project Coordinator
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
PO Box 5098, University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203
817/565-3986 FAX 817/565-4867