In a message dated 3/6/02 4:21:03 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Hello all!
> Strange that this late in the year I continue to find things that were
> stowed away by the former art teacher! I have just recently found some old
> pastel chalk piled into tin pans that were used with white paint. I thought
> to use these with my first graders in making some portraits but they are a
> bit too hard. How can I soften these up? When I tried them out on
> construction paper they tore the paper. Is it a lost cause?
> degasblue ---
Take the hard pastels (remove paper wrapper if any) soak in a bucket of
water. oncew they are totally soaked, you can start drawing. we use
watercolor paper, but construction paper would work too. Try it!