GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits

A process for organizing paints for easy distribution and storage.

Required Time

180 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Art Techniques
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

Materials

Crayola® Washable Paint - 2 bottles of each colour (red, yellow, blue, green, black, white) Crayola Paint Brushes - 8 packages Plastic Spoons - 30 Small Plastic Baskets - 5 Small Plastic water containers - 1 per student Plastic Containers with Lids - 30 Paper Towels or Reusable Cloths

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Steps

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step One

Step One

Pour the paint into a container and snap the lid tight. 

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Two

Step Two

Place  one container of each colour into the basket.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Three

Step Three

Place 6 plastic spoons into each paint kit.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Four

Step Four

 Stack the kits for easy storage.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Five

Step Five

Prior to the painting lesson place 6 pieces of paper towel or reusable cloth in each basket.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Six

Step Six

 Place 6 paper plate palettes in each basket.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Seven

Step Seven

Place 6 water containers in each basket.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Eight

Step Eight

Demonstrate how to use the spoon to take a small amount of paint. 
A little goes a long way!

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Nine

Step Nine

Demonstrate how to clean the brush.

GET READY TO PAINT – Setting up Washable Tempera Paint Kits - Step Ten

Step Ten

Demonstrate how to dry the brush before changing colour.

What to Do

  1. Before beginning a painting unit with your students organize these paint kits for easy distribution and cleanup. Have students use a spoon to take paint out of the container and place it on a paper plate palette. This usually helps to keep the paint clean. Paint often gets mixed with other colours when using a paintbrush to dip into the paint pot. You will have less waste and your paint will last a lot longer using this method.
  2. Each paint kit will be enough for 6 students sitting in groups. The baskets are small enough to fit on a regular classroom bookshelf, and are stackable so they do not take up much room. 
  3. The small plastic containers you get in a grocery store for such things as olives work very well. Having shallow water containers means fewer spills. Having containers that are all the same size means it is easier to keep your storage area tidy and workable. 
  4. Small containers with snap top lids are ideal for holding the paint. 
  5. Small mesh baskets available in most dollar stores are perfect for holding all the requirements of the paint kits. 
  6. Gather a pile of old newspapers to use for covering the tables. 
  7. Try to have a variety of different sized paintbrushes available so students may make choices.

Activities

The Process

  1. Cover tables with newspaper. This keeps the tables clean and provides a space to try out paint colours and techniques.
  2. Prior to beginning the painting lesson ask students to number off.
  3. Give each table a clean-up sheet that indicates the job each number must do. (Downloads - WASHABLE_PAINT.pdf)
  4. To ensure that everyone participates in the clean-up and that they know exactly what they have to do as soon as you call clean-up go through each job, for example,
  • Hands up if you are number 3 and 4? Your job is to wash the brushes and return them to the bucket at the back of the room.’ 
  1. Ask one student from each table to get a paint kit. This student will be responsible for returning the kit in good condition at the end of the lesson.

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