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Re: [teacherartexchange] look for unusual drawing media


From: Eileen Ellis (iforget000_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 05 2006 - 06:09:59 PDT

Have your students make their own paint with their own concoctions.
They will think of things we never would.

On 8/3/06, Sue Stevens <> wrote:
> Hi all!
> Hope everyone's summer is going well!
> I will be teaching a 'non-traditional media' course this year (twice!). We
> run it every other year, and on top of that, this will be the third time the
> course has been offered. So, I have been changing the course constantly!
> Although the course is 'non-traditional media' I still have to follow the
> basic curriculum standards.
> So, my way around that for drawing is to use non-traditional thing to draw
> with, rather than pencil all the time.
> In the past, I've tried...
> food colouring with brushes and Q-tips - worked really well to draw lines
> and to do some shading
> bleach with synthetic brushes - worked great, had to go outside - we 'drew'
> on constructon paper, so it turned white - won't do it again though - a bit
> dangerous with clothing
> dirt - didn't work that great - but we didn't really know what we were
> doing - might try it again
> coffee - fantastic results - used instant coffee - will do this again
> charcole - I've made my own in the past in a fire pit - really cool - used
> dowelling wrapped in tin foil until it turns to charcole.
> I'm going to try Kool-Aid this year (call it 'pop' art) - should behave just
> like food colouring I figure
> Any other suggestions of non-traditional media? Or....projects that you
> think might be non-traditional?
> I would appreciate any advice, suggestions, things that work well, etc....
> Thanks
> Sue
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