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RE: About Printing with Linoleum?

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Fields, Linda (
Wed, 13 May 1998 09:57:36 -0400

I agree with Sandra about the lack of dexterity practice in young
children, but I see it even in high schoolers. They have difficulty
holding a ruler to draw a straight line and cutting accurately.
As far as Bob's comment about high schoolers cutting themselves
in spite of instruction, I think part of it has to do with the typical
adolescent invincibility. I know when I go around and remind them to
move their hands behind the tools, I invariably get, "I won't slip; I
won't cut myself" (they are usually the ones who do). I have had a
better safety record with sixth graders.
Still, I think it is important to a high school program to teach relief
prints and proper use of tools-in fact, both are included in our state
course of study. Linda in NC

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> From: John & Sandra Barrick[SMTP:astroboy]
> Reply To: astroboy
> Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 11:16 PM
> To: Robert Alexander Fromme
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: About Printing with Linoleum?
> Good point only the more reason to work with kids throughout the
> year
> before doing projects which depend on their finest of fine motor
> skills.
> I wonder if any of the other educators have noticed the same problem
> with writing etc. With video games,computers etc.,kids are not
> getting
> the skills they use to get in 1st,2nd,3rd anymore. Girls have always
> tested better in the area of fine motor at an earlier age, of course
> boys catch up. Girls also do not have the interest in violence or
> video games. It doesn't keep their interest. If boys continue to
> play games which limit their hands as well as their minds, how will
> their small muscles get exercise? I believe starting the year off
> with finger dexterity projects and continuing with exercise will
> prepare them for the end of the year when they will achieve this
> task of Linoleum cutters.
> Think of fine motor lessons:
> Yes drawing, but needlepoint,weaving,tieying knots,carving,i.e., as
> in using tools to dig out in clay as well as fingers. Plaster etc.
> We can't punish them because they lack the use of their hands,all
> the more reason to work with it.
> On Aids-
> I'd say clean all tools(especially those which can cut) and
> disinfect daily or after each class which uses them. Make sure you
> have a box of disposable gloves handy too. Along with a first aid
> kit.
> If still in fear then omit. Do a printing project which builds up
> instead of cuts away.
> Sandra
> Robert Alexander Fromme wrote:
> >
> > I teach high school and have noticed an increasing number of my
> students
> > with little experience using hand tools. They spend plenty of
> their early
> > years in front of the TV, computer games, etc. but they lack
> experience with
> > knives and related equipment. As a result, I do not enjoy working
> with
> > them on the linoleum prints. Many of the students cut themselves in
> spite
> > of my constant reminders of not cutting toward their hands. We have
> a
> > linocut project in drawing and in Art I. The school nurse makes me
> use a
> > mixture of 10 parts water to 1 part clorox to clean the tools each
> time they
> > are used (Proctection against the transfer of AIDS and hepatitus
> from one
> > student to another when they are cut.) The Clorox mixture makes the
> knives
> > rust, so I have to oil them each time they are cleaned.
> >
> > I suggest string prints, glue prints or cardboard prints for the
> younger kids.
> >
> > Bob