Water cups on the tables can be a pain with little ones. Especially little ones who like to play IN the water. (Don't misunderstand us...we love waterplay. But during a painting lesson, sometimes it's better to remove the water distraction!)
We've eliminated the risk of a cup of water spilling all over someone's art work.
Often times in our preschool classes, our instructors use spray bottles to wet our watercolors while the little ones paint. You can saturate all the color cakes with just a few sprays. The paint is ready quickly, which is important for sometimes-impatient lil' artists.
If we have a smaller class and time allows, we let the artists spray their own paint palettes. Preschoolers love spray bottles.
These small bottles are from from Dollar Tree.
If you've never been inside our studio, we'd love to give you a peek into one of our most special spaces. This is our preschool art room. We have ten classes a week in this room! This space is especially designed for our 12 -month-olds through our five-year-olds and can be used for group instruction as well as creative exploration.
Our decor is inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia approach to the learning environment. Click the link below to get a short video tour:
Last month we needed 20 rolling pins for our young artists who were learning to roll out clay slabs. Well, we didn't NEED 20 of them, but we didn't want them to have to share; we're not opposed to sharing, but in this case, the down-time would mean less practice and learning time. And we only have 60 minutes together.
Rather than purchase a bunch of rolling pins, we fashioned our own from pvc pipes. They worked perfectly. They are smooth, durable, fairly light weight and inexpensive! They can be cut to any length. (Ours are approximately 12 inches.) We used a miter saw to cut them.
Since making our rolling pins, we've learned that they are also wonderful for rolling out playdough and for rolling out paint!
Content inspired by the artists and art created in our studio.
Orange Easel began as a small art studio in my basement and continues to grow and serve our community. Read more about our story here.