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RE: glazes for elementary school


From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
Date: Wed May 24 2000 - 19:44:04 PDT

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    We are going to do ceramics with our 2nd & 3rd graders and 4th, 5th, and 6th
    grade groups in our summer program. The Chicken Farm Art Center is going to
    fire them free for us, so we are planning on using acrylics. What type of
    clear coat do you use?

    Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
    CAM Administrator
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

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    From: dj [djash]
    Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2000 4:30 PM
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk
    Subject: Re: glazes for elementary school

    Larry Seiler wrote:
    wouldn't painting the sculptures with acrylics, and then covering with a
    gloss
    medium amount to about the same result? I'd like to understand more what
    the
    advantages of painting with the under glaze and covering with clear glaze
    are
    say versus acrylics. (reason being... acrylics I have).

    Larry,
    I use acrylics with my HS students a lot. Have been for years. (We do use
    glazes
    also when it fits the piece or if needed). However, if the piece is meant
    to be
    decorative, acrylic colors are easier to control to receive the desired
    effect.
    Under glazes can streak and over glazes can cloud up if not applied
    properly. I
    always have kids that just don't get the application process down. What you
    see
    is what you get with acrylics. You can mix, blend, shade colors, antique the
    surface and even add iridescent medium (kids love this) and get great
    effects
    without the guess work.... i.e.: what will it look like after it's fired? No
    need to guess with acrylics because they don't get fired. If the kids don't
    like
    the effect, they can change it, just like an acrylic painting. They seem
    happier
    having more control. Glazes can chip too, but I've really never had a
    problem
    with acrylics chipping. The clear coat can be applied shinny or matte in
    finish.
    One other plus, I don't have to re-fire... less time consuming. AND, like
    you, I
    have more of them also. Actually, when I do certain types of ceramic pieces,
    I
    too use acrylics and for the same reasons I listed above for the kids. Good
    luck!
    Donna

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