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Re: oil paint in high school


From: felsecker1 (felsecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 16:02:36 PST

Although ordorless, doesn't Turpenoid still emit harmful airborne chemicals?
At least, that's what I have heard. You still need plenty of air
ventilation even though Turpenoid is ordorless.
----- Original Message -----
From: Larry Seiler <>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <>
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2000 6:53 AM
Subject: Re: oil paint in high school

> Susan....
> It is possible with odorless turpenoid, and a convenient work environment
> for high school students to experience oils...however, since there are
> products that can be mixed with acrylics to give oil-like drag and impasto
> texture (Liquitex "Matte Opaque Extender Gel Medium"-formerly called
> "Gelex") why bother with the mess and carelessness of students that have
> be harped upon to understand its potential for making disaster?
> I have a how-to on "" for those interested in acrylics used
> imitate an oil painting procedure and look-
> also...if anyone here is personally interested in oil painting, and the
> growing vogue trend of "Plein Air" painting, I finished what I think my
> "how-to" to date on "Roadside Painting" at ""
> Lots of images and explanation that I'm sure would be well worth taking
> students to the computer lab to get up and on to check out. Especially in
> emphasizing that detail can be suggested, because a great deal of the
> painting is done with a palette knife. BTW, introduce your kids to
> knife use and extend the life of your brushes greatly!
> What I emphasize to students is that one task of the artist is to take the
> ordinary and mundane and cause passerby'ers to understand that a beauty
> exists that has missed their eye due to their routine. That we as artists
> wake their senses to look again with a new vision, and as such the artist
> serves the role of encouraging Joe Public to become aesthetically
> alive...with a sense of celebrating living.
> Larry
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