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Lesson Plans

Oil Painting

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Double Bubble (doros)
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 22:01:39 -0500

How does one get around the smell of using oil paints, turpentine and
lineseed oil in senior high school art classes. I have just started
using oil paints with my senior grades and have started to receive
complaints from a few people in the school. One of them from the other
art teacher who also uses my room following my class. I have to admit
that the odour is unavoidable and coming into the room from another part
of the school it strikes you immediately. The room is well ventilated
and windows are open when students are painting even in the middle of
winter when my room almost turns into an icebox. I don't know which is
worse the scent of turps or having to freeze. None of my students in my
class have complained but the other teacher says some of her students
are getting headaches and not feeling well ( could also be the flu
I realize that there are some health and safety concerns but everything
as far as ventilation is provided within the class. I am also using a
low odour turpentine. I feel that oil paints should be experience by
all senior students and do not want to deprive them of this.
Any suggestions from teacher who work with oils would be greatly

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