for groups

Groups like after-school programs, public libraries and summer camps are beginning to use the Eyeball It!™ projects. We’re in the early stages of sharing information about what needs to be adapted and how. If you have helpful experience to share, please email me at ellen@eyeballitart4kids.org.

We have developed Lesson/Session Plans for all the Projects and Drawing Exercises, breaking them into 60-75 minute sessions for group use. They are available as PDF’s from me directly by email.

An issue already is studio equipment and supplies – not the art supplies in the Materials Kit, but equipment and supplies readily available in a home and NOT necessarily available in all of these other settings.

A list:

1) Drawing boards – preferably untempered masonite. 24”x 32” (The least expensive source would be a lumber yard. Ask them to cut a 4’ x 8’ piece into 6 pieces, 24” x 32”) Untempered masonite has 1 smooth side, is very stiff, and not hurt by water.

2) Newspapers. Lots.

3) Comfortable chairs and/or stools for kids to sit on while working at a table, like folding chairs. Arms get in the way, so armless is better.

4) Tarps for the floor if your floor is carpeted. These should be big painting tarps of canvas, not plastic. Canvas is washable, and catches the pigment if kids spill paint.

5) Access to a big sink, preferably a utility sink.

6) Stable buckets if your sink is not in the classroom. At least 2 several-gallon buckets. One for clean water, the other for dirty paint water. Those buckets save a lot of trips to the sink (and potential spills).

7) Dish soap for washing paint and glue out of brushes, tools, etc.

8) Worktables with smooth tops. Tops with a texture make drawing difficult. If your tables are even slightly rough, place the drawing boards on top for kids to work.

9) For Project #3: Sculpture with Found Materials (Junk!), save lots of the found/junk materials on the list well ahead of time! You'll also need sponges that can be cut up, some clamp-type clothes pins, several regular-size staplers, and waxed paper (from the grocery store).

10) Masking tape.

11)  Ice cube trays, muffin tins (aluminum foil muffin tins are fine) or multi-cup paint trays (from an art supply store) for holding and mixing tempera paint.  Two or three children can share one.  (A dollar store is often a good source for these.)

12)  Stable plastic containers for water (one container per child) for use when children are painting.  Roughly pint size, with wide flat bottoms.  That way, brushes resting in the containers won't make them tip.  Clean yogurt, cottage cheese or other plastic food containers work well.

13) Quart-size plastic measuring cup with a good spout, and a kitchen rubber scraper. Use to pour glue into smaller glue bottles or other glue containers the kids use. (Be sure to wash with dish soap as well as hot water after use.)