I also use magazine pages for palettes for both tempera & acrylic paint. also--for using tempera paint, I don't put paint in containers at each table--instead, I squirt out the colors on brown paper bags. (I have a number of old rectangular lunch trays that were left in the art room years ago, so I put the bags on the trays--but sometimes I also use them without the trays.) It works great--I don't get so upset if some colors get mixed up (like I would when a whole container of paint was messed up). It's easy to have kids (or me, if it's little kids) add more paint, if needed. Also--at the end of the day, it is pretty easy to scoop up any leftover paint with a thick brush and put it back into the bottles--or, just throw away the paper bags. It has worked great for me.
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Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 8:42 PM
Subject: Re: large class--tips?
Thanks for your response. In my other classes, I give them a lot of freedom to get up and get the supplies they want, etc.. but with this big class, it was just too chaotic. I like the idea of having everything laid out at their table that they will need. I already do the "table folder" thing which is the best idea ever! I should have always been doing that! I use mag. pages too for paint which saves on clean up time. I think I might try the 2 activities going on at once thing when I start clay.