Thanks to the Allied Arts Education Project this week I have had the delightful task of teaching children at Carl Cozier Elementary how to paint on wood with exterior latex paint. It is amazing how many steps there are for planning and teaching youngsters how to use permanent paint.
I only scrubbed four heads of hair as they bent over and gently dipped into or brushed against the paint. Here are some of the points I’d like to mention to adults who may want to teach this skill to their children as you enjoy a day of painting planter boxes in the garden.
- Have a wet rag in a bucket of water before you start.
- Be generous with tarps and drop cloths.
- Wear old clothing.
- Have another bucket of water for washing brushes.
- Give them small hand size brushes.
- Use paper bowls with very little paint.
- Paint only one color at a time.
- Make the most of a perfect clean up activity.
Children love this project and are taking ownership of their work. Thanks to Brend Holma of Allied Arts for pulling this together. Thanks to Sarah Smith for forming and overseeing the art committee, thanks to Xan Johnson the other teaching artist partner from Allied Arts, thanks to the wonderful staff at Carl Cozier for teaching children to share, form partnerships and be polite with their neighbors. and thanks to the wonderful parent volunteers who assisted students so we could all participate in a civilized manner.