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Are you an art teacher or just a teacher who enjoys teaching art? In either event, you probably already know that most young students prefer finger painting over using a brush. Of course, there are always some young students who don’t want to get their hands dirty, but once they do, they’ll be ready to finger paint from that day forward. However, the finger painting phase does not last forever. Soon enough these students will be tired of getting messy. Instead, they will show an interest in using paint brushes. So you need to be prepared and consider the best way to transition them to brushes.
What type of brushes should you buy for your students? The answer to this question depends on many factors. From the age of your students to the type of project they will be working on to what you already have, there are many details to consider as you begin your search for the perfect paint brushes. One thing you should know, however, with young students, you should consider using the large "bulb" style brush. These have a good size bulb on their end so that little hands can grasp them easily. Once they get the hang of things, it is easier to introduce regular brushes, but even then the larger the handle the better so that little hands will be able to grasp them.
As you get started, you will begin to realize that there are hundreds of different types of brushes on the market. In addition to many different sizes, brushes are made of varying materials and with varying materials comes varying price levels, so you need to have a close watch on your budget for this type of teacher supplies. As students get older and you expect more from them, it is more important to make sure that they have the exact right type of brush, so upper grades should have a larger budget for paint brushes than lower grades.
What type of paint are you using? This is also a question to answer before you make a purchase. As you can imagine water based paints and oil based paints are not the same. In turn, you do not want to use the same brushes for both. Water based paints are generally used with the lower grades due to their washable nature and their ease of use. With water based paints you should consider buying the cheapest brushes available and only using them a few times before throwing them away. Youngsters are really hard on them and they just don't hold up very well, so you may as well recognize it in the beginning and be prepared to throw a lot of your water paint brushes away.
Tip: make sure you buy enough for your entire class. With some projects, each student may need more than one brush. Fortunately, they aren't very expensive so you shouldn't worry too much about the cost.
Upon completion of the project, clean out all the paint brushes that you think can be used again. This is particularly important with the more expensive brushes, especially those used for oil based paints. You don't want to simply throw these out. Plan to reuse them in the future as a way of saving money.
With so many paint brushes to choose from, finding the right ones for your classroom project should be simple enough. Just take your time and always recognize the age and level of your students and you will be fine. If you ever have any questions about which paint brushes to chosse for your students, ask the experts at Homeroom Teacher and they will be happy to assist you in any way possible.
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