...do I plan messy projects back to back? It's really not a smart thing to do when there is no time built in between classes. I had 2 first grade classes back to back making abstract expressionistic paintings today which were too wet to move off my one drying rack so then when my two Kindergarten classes for the day came immediately after I had to put butcher paper on the floor to hold their wet paintings. I'm hoping they'll magically be dry enough to stack before I head home in approximately 15 minutes since my room is used for a social skills group during lunch on Thursdays when I'm at my other school.
This is what my sink counter looks like, as clean and organized as I can manage right now. I really need to keep working on better ways to use my space. By the way, don't order cheap tempera paint. It's not worth it. I thought it would be pretty similar to the more expensive brands but there is a HUGE difference. It has a weird viscosity and is definitely not opaque. When you squirt it out, the colors look bright enough but they do not cover well and are not very saturated on paper. The only thing I can think of is to try mixing them with better paint so it's not a total waste.
I think that at some point today, almost every paint brush in my classroom was dirty. I once again underestimated how much time my Kinders would need to do the steps planned for the lesson today so I just gave them new brushes for the second paint color. I want to really take time to teach them how to clean paintbrushes the right way so that will have to happen on another day.
In case you were wondering, the purpose of this post is to remind myself to think about what ALL my grades are doing when choosing a medium for a project! And to warn others about cheap paint!