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RE:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: February 05, 2006


From: clarkda (clarkda_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Feb 07 2006 - 04:50:18 PST

Hello Joe,

I am currently painting and showing acrylic paintings. When mixing these
colors with white for any "white-mixture" begin with a lot of white
(tablespoon or two) and add just a little bit of the color (1/4 teaspoon to

Also, having taught many highschool portrait classes, I would definitely
start with the symmetrical divisions of the head, different positions of the
head. Hopefully, you will have time to teach this: the drawing of the
human head with specifics, in pencil, before you have them do the actual

Following these two suggestions, I feel confident that you will have great

Donna in Ohio

Subject: Need advise for painting lesson
From: "Joe Cox" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 11:33:02 -0600
X-Message-Number: 17

Hello Everyone
I am in need of some advise. I have committed my beginning high school
students to an art contest/show where each student will do an acrylic
painting on a 24 x 30 stretched canvas. The sponsoring organization got
supplies donated to the teachers so this was an opportunity to receive free
supplies and I got 79 canvas, acrylic paints, lots of brushes, markers and
other assorted supplies. When I signed up I didn't realize that I would
receive such a nice donation, it is a bit overwhelming. The paintings the
students have to do is "Their Hero in Action". They have to paint someone
who is a living person or has lived that they feel is their hero. Now this
is a beginning art class so the skill levels vary greatly. Therefore, I am
having a hard time figuring out how to approach this lesson so that the
student won't feel overwhelmed. If you have any suggestions please send
them on I would love the help.

One other question. How do you keep students from wasting paint? For
example squeezing a whole puddle of paint when they only need a little bit
and then washing the what they don't use the drain?


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