I take the tubs put and fill them with tempura paint. Grabbing some brushes, I place them on the table with the paint. “Yay! Madame is putting out the paint.” There is space for only four at a time at the table. Eager faces look at me and I choose four children whom I know will not come and paint once engaged in something else. Taping the paper to the table, the boys and girls are already chatting about what it is they are going to paint. I leave them to it. Their imagination soars as they dip their brushes into the paint and begin creating art on a blank sheet of white paper. The happy chatter pleases me, and I look forward to seeing what the little artists will produce today.

Painting with tempura paint © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Painting with tempura paint © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Do you often gt the chance to paint?


© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: paint)


24 thoughts on “Paint

  1. I do not get to paint enough. The last paint job I engaged in was on a mission trip. It was a blast. Thank you for sharing your FMF.


  2. When I had my year 1,2 and 3 class we usually would paint on a Friday after second break. These young kiddies had to stay in class till the older children could go home. After 2nd break their day was over for these young ones that’ s why we would paint or build puzzles or play with clay for the last hour and a half of the day. The painting was the best time of it all. They would trace some pictures from coloring books so they could paint them on Friday( after finishing work during the week they could do the tracing)


    1. Thank you Suzanne. The children enjoy painting. And when I lay it out on a round table, a lot of chatting happens 🙂
      And the art gallery I have created on the wall brightens up the room.


  3. This is wonderful, Colline! I love the way you presented the shot. It also reminds me of when I was teaching (first grade, kindergarten, and developmental kindergarten). Most people not in the profession don’t realize the things you need to think about before you plan/do/execute anything with a room full of little ones. Tape it down, explain lots of details that you would normally take for granted that people will just know, pick the right children first because you’ve learned about them and the way that they interact and you need to have it all together to make this all work. Even watching your choice of words – some can be so literal. Before I taught, my four year old once asked me what he should do with his dinner plate and, not thinking, I told him to just throw it in the sink. And he did! Do I miss teaching? Sometimes. But I live it now through you. 🙂


  4. Seeing the tempura paint brings back many memories of childhood painting and drawing. Funny how we don’t usually continue with these pleasures in adulthood, isn’t it? So many other pressing tasks to do, I suppose. As adults, perhaps we should re-embrace these pleasure from the past and re-ignite our passions!


    1. Too much of our time is taken up with work, I think. Not only are we working at the physical place of work, but we are expected to continue our tasks at home. As a result, we have less time for fun and creative things.


  5. Oh, I am no painter, Colline. I ALWAYS end up wearing more paint than I’ve applied anywhere. You think I’m joking but I’ve friends who will testify. I guess I never outgrew my finger painting phase.


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