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As the new art teacher I have inherited a rite of passage, of sorts: THE
8TH GRADE YEARBOOK SELF-PORTRAIT COLLAGES. They have always used rubber
cement, as suggested by the yearbook manufacturer. I am pictured as the
spoil sport because I won't allow its use in the art class and I don't have
a replacement cement.
If I can find it I'll try the YES that Sue reccomends. But I will also
experiment with the white glue, because it is already on the cart. Perhaps
some thinning and lessons in application would do the trick.
In general I have noticed more children with lung problems than when I was
a youngster, including asthma with one of my own children. My children were
not exposed to the fumes from my studio and darkroom when they were young,
but I am guilty of being an ex-smoker. The asthma went into remission
before I quit, but since quitting years ago, there have been noticably
fewer common colds around my house!
>I don't use rubber cement in my classes. Anything that makes my face flush
>when I'm in a room with it HAS to be toxic. Kids complain of headache, and
>the fumes ARE potent, you must admit. So it's white glue for us! A thin
>layer, spread evenly with a scrap of cardboard works well if you put weight
>on it while it's drying.
>I DO still oil paint with my kids, but we go to the stage, where there's
>adequate ventilation for the mineral spirits. Generally, there seems to be
>an increase in respiratory problems since we were kids...asthma,
>allergies...any thoughts on this? My own child has had breathing problems,
>and we're careful with solvents at home. Is it a sign of the times? I
>really don't remember there being so many health problems when we were young.