Monday, 31 October 2011


Every art cupboard in every school has a selection of worn-out-unloved disc paints.  Are they ever used?  Good results?  The secret is to "work" the paint, to add a little water with a stiff brush and agitate until the paint has a bit of body.  I like to work with this paint on black paper.  That encourages the pupils to make the paint thick enough to stand out against the background.  Drawn with black wax crayons, or a dark oil pastel, the images can be big, bold and simple.

Each pupil was given two primary colours + white and encouraged to make as many colours as possible to create a colour scheme, or a colour family.  These skulls, painted at Eassie primary were based on Mexican sugar skulls.  Note our informal WALTS, (what We Are Learning To do).

These Cortachy Primary paintings are based on the paintings of the Scottish artist George Birrell.      

The school situated within the idyllic Cortachy Estate and Cortachy Castle is on the doorstep, not just providing a stunning backdrop, but lending the children magnificent walks and a picnic spot to outdo most. 

Check out these castles


  1. I like both of these projects. I really like the idea of only giving the children 2 primary colors and white. The results are beautiful!

  2. It really makes them explore the colours. The resulting colour scheme is always pleasing.

  3. I think I'm one of the few teachers that loves using tempera disc paints. I use them with Grades 1-6. They store easily, they last forever, and if the students keep them clean, the colours stay vibrant and there's very little clean-up or paint waste involved. You're right- it's all in using them the correct way.

  4. Love both of these projects! I teach Kindergarten & first grade art and I think we'll definitely paint some castles this year! Love them on black paper!