I teach at a Title I school for underprivileged kids. I have many students that have very limited access to supplies at home. My first year teaching here, I did a project using pastels with a fourth grade class. At the end of the project, I did a classroom discussion to talk about what they had learned. One student raised their hand and said that before this project, they didn't even know pastels existed. I asked the students to raise their hands if that was the very first time they had used pastels. There were 8-10 kids who raised their hands.
I have some very talented little artists in my school and I want to give them as rich an experience in art as possible.
I feel it is very important that students be exposed to as many different materials as possible.
The only brushes our class has for tempera paints are watercolor brushes. These brushes are a lower quality brush. Watercolor brushes are not substantial enough to use with Tempera paints. It is hard to control the amount of paint and the application of it. It is nearly impossible to paint a clean straight line, or even to mix colors with these brushes.
It is very rewarding to watch kids have the experience and experiment with different art mediums.
They are so thrilled to try new things. The oohs and ahhs are priceless. They treasure the pieces of art they have created.
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