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The bench is scaled so that children ages 3 to 12 can look down into the paint pots. Equipped with eight pots of water base tempera paints, the colors are arranged across the front of the bench, each primary color interspersed with a secondary color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, a linear color wheel. Set back on the wings of the bench are the two pots containing white and black, shades that make colors darker or lighter, but are not true colors themselves.

Each pot of paint contains a number 12 water color brush that must be rinsed in the water container before being immersed again in the paint. The round water container is placed in front of the square paint pot. The difference in shape helps the young artist tell which is water and which is paint. For very young learners, children 3 and 4 years old, the brush handle may also be painted to match the pot of paint it belongs in — yellow brush must be returned to yellow paint container, blue brush to the blue, etc.painting bench diagram

Ovals: water for rinsing brushes
Squares: pots of tempera paint primary & secondary colors interspersed
Teacher’s stool is placed in the cut out behind the bench.