Mark Alexander 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!
Do you have access to a food service supplier or Warehose discount store
like Sams Club or Price-Costco?
I invest $10 of my own money in 2 oz plastic cups and lids... (the kind
they give out pills in at a hospital) They work great, the paint stays
wet for weeks, the kids take good care of em with a little
Well worth the investment to save my own hassles:)
Christine Merriam, Art Educator
Kayenta Intermediate School
PO Box 337, Kayenta,AZ 86033 ktwnldy.az.us