Home Depot Gives Students Something To Paint About

The boards need very little prep, just a couple coats of gesso, a thick white acrylic compound, and then students can set to work painting their masterpieces.

The boards need very little prep, just a couple coats of gesso, a thick white acrylic compound, and then students can set to work painting their masterpieces. Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

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Jacqui Jeffreys demonstrates painting on masonite boards for her art students.

The students in Jacqui Jeffreys’ acrylic painting class will break out of their sketchpads this semester thanks to Home Depot’s donation of masonite boards to paint on.

Jeffreys says the donation is huge, since canvas boards from art supply stores are costly for students.

The boards need very little prep, just a couple coats of gesso, a thick white acrylic compound, and then students can set to work painting their masterpieces.

Home Depot store manager David Kane donated the large boards, which lumber associate Tom Haaby cut into pieces, making sure not to waste any boards.

“When Tom was finished there were 41 boards, varying in standard canvas sizes from the smallest 4x6 and largest 18x24,” Jeffreys said. “The students, myself and the dean of the college, Pam Butterfield, appreciate Home Depot’s donation and the help of Kane, Haaby and Chris Wakefield, lumber department manager.”

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