KITTING OUT & setting up YOUR STUDIO
Start collecting the following things at home, ask your friends and family to collect it for you:
Kitchen paper towel rolls
330ml cool drink cans (empties)
Water/ soft drink bottles (empties)
Brown/ white corrugated cardboard (e.g. delivery boxes)
Egg trays/ cartons
YOUR INITIAL SUPPLIES CHECKLIST
Every project cheatsheet contains a list of the supplies required for that project, however the shopping list below contains all the basics that you would need in your studio which you will use for most of the projects.
If you would like to order Dala products, please insert quantities in the order form downloadable below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivery takes 5-10 working days from the day you make payment to Canvas Club (may take longer during busy periods and load shedding).
Alternatively you can collect your order from Dala’s head office at 23 Donnington Road, Killarney Gardens, Milnerton.
YOUR Studio Equipment CHECKLIST
Adult size sturdy tables - children tend to climb on them so make sure they are very sturdy. Steel trestle tables work well.
Adult size chairs/ stools or benches - stay away from fold-out/ fold-open chairs as again, children will climb on them.
Large Dust Bin
Printer/ can also be done at a printing shop (you would need to make black and white A4/ A3 printouts for selected projects)
A speaker to play music in class: we recommend classical music for term classes and the more popular hits (think Moana & Frozen) for holiday club and birthday parties
CANVAS CLUB APRONS
We highly recommend you to invest in Canvas Club aprons to protect clothes and it is instant marketing if parents share their photos with friends or on social media.
You can purchase them from Canvas Club head office, we offer them in black or white:
R100 per toddler apron
R110 per child apron
R130 per adult apron
Plus delivery fee: R100 for South African deliveries, please request a quote for international deliveries.
Alternatively you can have them made yourself and use the logo provided here, please note the width of the logo should be 12cm.
HANDY STUDIO TIPS & TRICKS
Having a bunch of hand towels/ paint cloths in your studio is very handy!
Buy a big piece of thick cotton fabric and cut it into squares. Your students will use these to dry wet brushes between colours and also to dab wet acrylic ink and water-colour paint paper sheets (so that they dry quickly).
We recommend putting hooks up for them so that they are always close to grab and dry out between classes.
The more organised your supplies are the less time it will take you to prepare for classes and clean up.
We recommend the following storage solutions:
Sturdy large glass jars for water (Note! they need to be large as children tend to pull small water jars over).
These glass jars can also be used to store other supplies such as paintbrushes and glue sticks.
Plastic paint containers with screw on lids (to ensure that they seal well and paint won’t dry out). You will use this to decant paint for class. You can seal the containers after class and re-use it in the next class (this will avoid wastage and reduce clean-up time) Teach your students that they should not mix the primary colours and that they should aways properly wash brushes between using colours. You can put mixing trays or small plates out if they want to mix colours.
Use lunchboxes for crayons - they stack well and are easy to hand out - 2 children can share one lunchbox of crayons.
Plastic containers really help to keep it tidy in your studio and you can see the contents through the container so you know exactly what’s in there. Having one container per supply type makes your life much easier!
1. STURDY GLASS JARS FOR WATER
2. USE ONE OF YOUR WATER JARS TO STORE YOU PAINTBRUSHES..
..and GLUE STICKS
3. POUR LIQUID TEMPERA/ SCHOOL PAINT INTO SMALL PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH LIDS
4. Plastic containers for crayons
5. Plastic containers for supplies
You need thick plastic covers to protect your tables.
Some stores such as Mambo’s Plastic Warehouse provide it on a roll, which allows you to cut the exact length you need.
These are also easy to pack up and use at events or birthday parties at other venues.
We recommend Dala’s Acrylic Drawing Ink - a 500ml bottle will last you months if you use the following trick:
Pour your ink into small containers that seal properly and add some water to make it last longer.
A 1: 3 water to ink ratio works well - it doesn't dilute the ink too much and makes it last so much longer.
THE BEST CRAYONS IN THE WORLD
If you live in South Africa and have a China mall around the corner look out for the ‘Oil Pastel - Fantastic Color’.
These crayons are available at most China malls and they are truly amazing! The cost is around R13 for a 12 pack and R20 for an 18 pack (but like everything at China Malls, it is usually negotiable..)
Your studio is your creative haven and should be an inspiring space to work in. If you make an effort to decorate your studio it will make it so much more fun for you to work in and your customers will want to come back. You don’t have to break the bank to do so - start by putting the sample Canvas Club projects that you make in preparation for classes on the walls and on shelves. It creates excitement for the children to see the other class projects, and brightens up your studio space. Use storage solutions to make your life easier - we believe in working smarter, not harder.
Herewith a couple of decor ideas from the Tamboerskloof studio.
pompom curtain and bunting. WE put happy birthday bunting up for birthday parties.
SIGNAGE & artwork wall (strings tied between nails in the wall, artwork hung with wooden clothespins)
storage cupboard/ shelves
Find a ‘photo wall’ inside or outside your studio, a space that has a lot of natural light with a nice/ clean backdrop where you can take photos of the children with their projects just before they leave. These photos are great to share on your class WhatsApp groups and to use for marketing purposes.
Please remember! We respect the wishes of our clients, especially when it comes to their privacy. We therefore ask our branch owners to not upload any photos or videos to their Google Drive of students who requested in writing or verbally to not be photographed. This will ensure that those photos will not be used by head office for social media or promotional purposes.
Refer to the playbook to learn how to take awesome photos.