Not too long ago, I attended open house at the boys’ school and was delighted to follow first Emil, then Milo and Oliver, through some of the work they do throughout the day. While Milo and Oliver chose math lessons to share with me (which blew my mind and made me wish I had been taught the way they are being taught), Emil chose three-part word cards (a beginning lesson on reading) and watercolors.
The watercolors were set up much like the above picture: paintbrushes, drying cloths, watercolors, paper, and watercolor pencils on a tray with a vessel for water. He has been coming home with so many paintings, I decided it was time to give him this option at home in a similar set-up.
Now that our boys are older and have shown more responsibility in caring for their things, I decided to invest in nicer art supplies. I bought some watercolor paper, some nicer watercolors, and a smaller set of these watercolor pencils at a local art store. The little tray was also sold there in the painting section. I love this brand of watercolor pencils because they are ergonomically shaped (triangular instead of round) for little hands to hold.
In using watercolor pencils, simply dip the tip into a glass of water like you would a paintbrush. Re-dip when needed.
I also cut up some old microfiber towels into fourths and keep them on the tray folded into squares for easy clean-up. Emil wiped with one, dried with another. He also dumps the water and replaces the small jar each time he is finished. All he has to do next time is refill the tiny jar with fresh water and he is ready to paint!
We keep the tray on the windowsill next to the little table alongside the watercolor paper so he can access it at any time. We also just recently added a little spice shelf to stack the tray on top and the paper underneath for easier, less cluttered storage. It’s definitely resulted in some extra painting at home, and his brothers are right there with him. Glad to make these supplies more easily accessible for the wintertime crafting we will be doing when the weather keeps us indoors. Happy painting! I can’t believe it’s already December!