Points to remember when working with tempera paint

  • Put a minimum of paint in paint containers
  • Keep a supply of clean containers or palettes (at least one per child) for mixing paints
  • Encourage children to wipe excess paint from their brushes into the paint containers
  • When cleaning brushes during a painting session, encourage children to squeeze out excess water to prevent the colours being diluted
  • CoverĀ  paint containers without lids with plastic or tin foil to keep them moist between painting sessions
  • Never leave brushes standing in water
  • Use a lot of small lidded containers from which a group of children can spoon paint onto their mixing trays without leaving traces of other colours in the containers