practical tips, supplies and ideas
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 at wholesale pricing, 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.
Most schools and other venues will have chairs and tables. For the Tiny Explorer classes it is also useful to have a floor/ carpet area to play games.
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 and at schools
CANVAS CLUB APRONS
Aprons protect clothes and it is instant marketing if parents share their photos with friends or on social media. You can purchase additional aprons 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 TIPS & TRICKS
Having a bunch of hand towels/ paint cloths with you at all times 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 (so that they dry quickly).
The more organised your supplies are the less time it will take you to prepare for classes.
STURDY GLASS JARS FOR WATER if you are at a fixed studio. they work well as kids cannot pull them over, but please note that they are very heavy and unpractical (can break) to carry around when you visit schools.
when you travel to schools have plastic bowls for water. they slot into each other, cannot be pulled over by children and is very light to carry around.
These bags work very well to carry your supplies to schools. you can buy them at pep.
POUR LIQUID TEMPERA/ SCHOOL PAINT INTO SMALL PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH LIDS.
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.
Plastic containers for crayons
Use lunchboxes for crayons - they stack well and are easy to hand out - 2 children can share one lunchbox of crayons.
Plastic containers for supplies
Plastic containers really help to keep your life organised and you can see the contents through the container so you know exactly what’s in there.
You need thick plastic covers to protect tables.
Some stores such as Mambo’s Plastic Warehouse provide it on a roll, which allows you to cut any length.
These are also easy to pack up to use at schools, events or birthday parties at other venues.
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).
Remember to buy large crayons for your tiny explorers as small crayons can be a choking hazard.
Find a ‘photo wall’ at the school or space where you present your class, 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.