During a typical class we have to apply paint to our palette. I encourage my students to start with some paint on their palette rather then squeeze out huge amounts. I use the shape and size of a Hershey Kiss as the measure for a dob of paint we apply to our palette. We use a large palette knife and spread about half of this paint pile out onto the palette, forming a loading 1-1/2″ -2″ loading zone into which we can load paint into our various brushes.
I often joke with my students that there are extra points for palette neatness and as you can see from the following photos everyone was striving to obtain those extra points.
We do try and have a lot of fun at these classes.