42 chapter 3
brown paper grocery bags, computer paper, card-
board, boxes, empty paper towel tubes, sculptures,
and so on.
Wrap aluminum foil, white tissue paper, or
waxed paper around pieces of poster board.
The poster board makes a sturdy painting surface
for delicate materials.
The classroom easel is a crucial part of a twos-and-
threes classroom. It should be available every day
for use in a variety of ways with a variety of materi-
als. Here are some items to keep handy at your easel:
• two or three paint cups with one brush in each
• watercolor or tempera cakes
A freshly covered easel
• water in a small container next to the paint
cakes (or a small squirt bottle for moistening
the paint cakes)
• writing implements, such as crayons, markers,
pencils, and oil pastels
• chalk, dry or wet
• liquid watercolors (in heavy glass baby food
jars to prevent spills)
• bingo stampers or other liquid stampers
• paper, foil, and canvas of assorted sizes and
types Foil-covered papers and glitter paint
• a variety of painting implements
And here are some tips for a successful easel:
• Arrange the easel in an attractive manner.
• Limit easel work to one or two children per
side. • Have a camera, pencil, and notepad readily
available. • Have towels or cleanup material handy, partic-
ularly for the floor.
Painting at the classroom easel