So I ordered a lot of new paintbrushes for my classroom. They are beautiful and perfect. The round brushes are pointy and the flat / angle brushes are straight. These brushes were purchased for my school kiddos, but the problem is that I did not want to let kids use these beautiful brushes and risk ruin! Well, enter the ‘PAINTBRUSH PRACTICE’ sheet! I decided that I needed to do something BIG TIME to reinforce non-damaging brush techniques, so I whipped up this little sheet and put together a video. The kids LOVED it!
Although this little paintbrush practice can be done in any number of ways, I play my video instructions (link to unlisted Youtube video included in file) for my kiddos to follow along with since I am doing this with so many classes. I have now done this project with 1st-4th grades. I pause the video to allow the kiddos to paint after each set of squares/boxes (straight line boxes, wavy line boxes and finally the fill in boxes). I put about 4 kinds of paintbrushes in water cups for each table and use tempera cakes for paint.
My little elementary artists are now painting with the care and precision of professionals with our good new paintbrushes! And our new beautiful paintbrushes are happily being used, rather than just being on display for this art teacher with a weird pointy paintbrush twitch. The difference is ASTOUNDING!
Thank you for checking out this 'Paintbrush Practice' sheet from the elementary art classroom of Claire Dunaway Cyr!