Try these tricks and you wont be washing brushes for a long time:
1. Cover easel with a plastic table cloth. The ones with felt on the back work best. You can pick them up after each holiday for 50-75% off and change them out during the year.
|Start with a plastic table cloth to cover your easel.|
|This tablecloth has seen better days. You can|
see the new one ready to take its place. :)
The intention was NOT to paint all over the
|Cut a plastic table cloth in half and use each|
half to cover each side of your easel & trays.
Thanks to the comment at the bottom, I updated:
Students clip painting paper under the clip and
paint on the paper.....
red. We spend the first 11 weeks celebrating each color on Fridays. Red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, pink, black, gray, and white. And I use these cards in our calendar pockets to remind the students about which color we are celebrating that Friday. I also use these notes (in English and in Spanish) to let the parents know about which color we are celebrating on each Friday. The students wear something that matches the color we are celebrating and we eat something healthy that matches the color day too, like strawberries, blueberries, we squeeze lemonade, etc.
|Here is the painting center with plastic aprons on hooks next to|
the crayon color wheel made from paint chips.
The drying rack has clothespins and is in front of the giant iPhone.
|Here is the sign on one side of the easel.|
Can you tell that I like rainbow colors?
You can see the writing wall in the background where we
add our weekly writing pages to the individual student's clips.
I have been teaching the children about primary and secondary colors. As I introduce each color, we paint the animals in Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear book. Here is the puppet I use to read the book. We file the pictures and then organize them in the order of the book before we bind them into individual books for the children.
|This is the sign on the other side of one side of the easel.|
|I store extra paint below with paint chip cards so we|
always know which color paint we are out of.