Consider what experiences you want your kids to gain.
I wanted all of my students to
~ choose colors
~ hammer chalk pastels
~ mix the binder and pigment
~ use the paints they created
A Handmade Childhood made egg tempera paint at home with her kids. Her reference was Discovering Great Artists.
The biggest adjustment I made was placing pastels into plastic sandwich bags to contain the dust, and using a hammering instead of a grinding method.
For the PigmentMagazines (or other material to dampen the sound and protect the table)
Plastic sandwich bags
For the BinderEgg
Whisk or hand mixer
Large yogurt container with lid
Refrigerator for storing leftover egg mixture
For the Created PaintMuffin tins, Plastic muffin pans, or old egg cartons (convenient for one-time reuse)
Paintbrush (1 for each color)
Small yogurt container for egg mixture
For the ArtworkBristol board or card stock
(Paintbrushes used for creating paint)
Spray Fixative (optional but will likely preserve the artwork longer)
Making and Using Egg Tempera Paint
Class 1 - Demonstrate how to choose chalk pastels in analogous colors (reds and pinks or blues and greens), close securely in a plastic sandwich bag, place bag on top of a magazine, hammer lightly until it becomes a powder
Class 2 - Create pencil drawing, outline in sharpie, erase pencil
Preparation - Whisk or beat eggs in large yogurt container, add a small amount of water, pour egg mixture into small yogurt containers, add powdered pigment into muffin tins or egg cartons
Class 3 - Demonstrate how to take turns pouring a tiny amount of the egg mixture into a well of powdery pigment and mixing with a paintbrush. Use the paints to fill in the drawing and create a background.
After paintings have dried, finish with a spray fixative
|A family of chickens|
|A chicken with chicken pox|
Create stations - If you only have 2-3 hammers or do not want the noise of an entire class hammering, try calling a small number of kids at a time to the hammering station and have their other choices be engaging, independent activities.
Clean up strategy - Are you going to use old egg cartons that get thrown away or muffin tins that you wash? I found myself with a lot of "dishes" to wash at the end of each class using plastic muffin tins and small containers within them.
Praise experimentation - Are some students making thinner or thicker paint by adding more or less of the egg mixture? Are some students overlapping colors, creating designs, or mixing their paints?
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