Classroom Organisation and Management for Painting

Getting started

Available budget unfortunately plays a large role in selecting the range of art materials that are made available to children. However, the old maxim that “you get what you pay for” still holds true when considering materials for painting. If paint made from good quality pigment is purchased, then successful secondary colours can be made (yes, even purple!). Advocating the use of Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and White alone, not only saves money, but provides a more creative challenge to children in terms of mixing their own colours.

As children become proficient, you may consider introducing a ‘dual primary’ set of colours where a ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ version of each primary colour provides greater scope for colour mixing and, especially, matching.Where possible, children should have opportunities to experience a range of media including: powder, ready-mix, acrylic and tempera paint. A smaller quantity of a wide range would be preferable and this remains true when considering both applicators and painting papers. When children use the work of established painters as a starting point, experimenting with a range of tools and materials is the only way they can begin to understand aspects of a painter’s style.