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Re: [teacherartexchange] sharpening colored pencils


Date: Sat Oct 22 2005 - 21:44:06 PDT

--- jane mary <> wrote:I have an
electric sharpener that works really well with regular
pencils but gets plugged up when I put colored pencils
in it.
> Any suggestions?

I think one of the best things my college drawing
professor taught me was how to sharpen pencils. His
first rule was to always sharpen the end away from the
part number or name of the color. The second was to
always use a manual pencil sharpener. His reasoning
was that the electric and wall mounted sharpeners cut
the pencil longer. In the case of Ebony pencils this
leaves the soft lead thin and it breaks easily. The
manual sharpeners leave a shorter tip that is also
broader and therefore stronger. Prismacolor pencils
will clog your electric sharpener because the blades
heat up a bit and Prismas are clay based pencils. So
they gum up the works. My school supply list has a
manual pencil sharpener on it for each student to
purchase. I don't even have an electric or wall
mounted sharpener in my room. I have a day that I
dedicated just to teaching about the different drawing
pencils, colored pencils and such. I taught about
their uses, how to care for them, how to sharpen them
and so on. I like to make sure the students know how
to care for the supplies.

Rebecca Bone
Stratford, OK

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