Painting: The Art Room Basics
Basic housekeeping is of paramount importance when painting. I always teach students to be responsible for cleaning their own equipment, however this might not be possible if there is only one or two sinks in the classroom. I have seen some schools where they have to teach art without a sink and have to carry water in and out of the room. So I guess you have to find a system that works best for you.
Having a paint monitor system in excellent, where each table has a monitor who gets the paint and another who washes up. Then rotate this so everyone gets a turn.
Rules of Painting
Wear an art shirt when painting. Roll up your sleeves
Cover your desk with newspaper
CLEAN your brushes, water pots & palettes after use.
Do not waste paint by putting too much in your palette.
Put everything away where you got it from!
Caring for Equipment - Brushes
Brushes should be washed out after use, and then stored upright. Do not leave brushes standing in water. And do not use them for glue - you'll regret it!. Make sure you look after the brushes in your art room because, budgets being what they are, it could be a while before you get any more!
Caring for Equipment - Palettes
Just like your paint brushes, pallettes should be cleaned thoroughly after they are used. You should make sure that the students run them under the tap, and use a brush to get into the corners.
Equipment - Art Paint Brushes
We use nylon brushes for watercolour & poster
We use bristle brushes for Acrylic paint
We use glue brushes for GLUE!!
Paint Brush Control
Paint straight lines with the side of the brush
Paint details with the tip of the brush
Paint in smooth, neat flowing strokes. Load the brush with the correct amount of paint.
Task: Practice painting lines with the side of your brush. Then, try to write a sentence using the tip of your brush