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RE:[teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: October 24, 2011


From: Daniel Murren (djmurren_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Oct 25 2011 - 14:13:26 PDT

Do you have any sample pictures of the oil pastel resist? I saw you had a
link to stages of doing this project. When I copy and paste the link it
does not work. Sounds like a fun project.

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TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Monday, October 24, 2011.

1. Re: Oil Pastel Batik
2. RE: I haven't gotten the digest since Oct. 10
4. Oil Pastel Resists


Subject: Re: Oil Pastel Batik
From: Denise Mozzetti <>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 05:50:15 -0700
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Thanks, Ellen. I'll try doing a sample today! I thought about it and may
save this for an Expressionist piece - the more I thought about Surrealism,
the more I thought it should really be more realistic. I just love the idea
of the oil pastels as a resist.


On Oct 23, 2011, at 7:00 PM, Sears, Ellen wrote:

> Hi Denise -
> My 4th graders are just finishing oil pastel batiks - we did folk art
landscapes. I had them draw with white chalk, then color with oil pastels
(layering colors - helps to make sure there is a thick coat). Outline the
chalk spaces, then fill in.
> I had them do three small concentric shapes to practice, drawing with
chalk makes sure no space will be too small to color in. I had a handful
that had to start over, their choice when I showed them small samples of
heavy/light coat of oil pastel and how it looked with the ink.
> I love the way they look when I rinse them off... like a photo in
developer. Last year we did quilt squares using this technique - years ago
I did patches of patterns for whole quilts with K-1s... they went back over
the finished piece with oil pastel details.
> Ellen
> ________________________________________
> From: Denise Mozzetti
> Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:01 PM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> "So, on another note, I'm about to do a Surrealist piece in perspective,
and I was thinking that I'd have the kids do it with oil pastels, leaving a
small space around each shape and color, and then covering it with ink - has
anyone ever done this before? Any suggestions?"
> Denise in Novato
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Subject: RE: I haven't gotten the digest since Oct. 10
From: "Strandberg, Debra" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:18:55 -0500
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Hello all,

One of the reasons I love this list is that it gives you perspective.
Listening to all tell about their days, I too just wanted to just sit down!
:-) I came back into teaching after 20 years in training and communications
work because I wanted to have a career that meant something to the lives of

Teaching is the most challenging job I've ever had, but also the most
rewarding. I have the luck to be married to a teacher of 27 years (music),
so it helps to have a spouse that knows what your day is like. He has
students from 20 years ago that still send us Christmas cards, email and
call. That is a joy.

I really would not give this up unless budget or health cause me too. Thanks
for all the interesting emails about schedules and tasks...makes me realize
how lucky I am to have an opportunity to work with kids.

I am currently knee deep in papier-mâché with 6th grade, pumpkin pyramids
and scarecrows with 4th grade and poster design for an Arbor Day contest
with 5th grade.

Have a great week.

From: Leslie O'Shaughnessy []
Sent: Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:06 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] I haven't gotten the digest since Oct. 10

Hi San,

Interesting thing is, teaching art is a career change for me, as well. I did
accounting/staff management stuff for 12 years, followed by
non-profit/meeting planning stuff for 4 years, then political action
committee work for 7 years, and graphic design work for 9 years. I totally
agree the office stuff was easier, and I didn't have to pull a lesson plan
out of my butt if I wanted to be sick.

I concur with you in that I came to teaching to "change a life" which I know
I am doing, and that part is rewarding, but there is certainly a lot if
character-building stuff along the way :) And, this is the least amount of
money I have ever earned. BUT, when I lay my head down at night, I do know I
have made a difference in my world. AND, like I tell many others, so much of
what I teach is more than art or computer graphics, it is human compassion
and civilized behavior ;)


On Oct 22, 2011, at 12:22 PM, "San D Hasselman" <>

> Dear Leslie in the high school in VA
> I kept that pace for 35 years, and when I retired last year, I just
wanted to sit down. LOL. Everytime I hear anyone malign teachers the hair
goes up on the back of my neck. I turn into a witch, and not just for
Halloween (although I am present playing one in our local community Haunted
> I worked "in the real world" 7 years before I could get a full time art
teaching job, and let me tell you, I worked harder as an educator than I
ever did as a graphic designer,printing press operator, secretary in
personnel or assistant to a collections lawyer. While "real world" jobs have
their unique pressures, job to job, you are never "on" for the whole time as
you are as an educator. In the real world you can gossip, go to the
bathroom, have lunch for 1 hour, curse if you drop something on your foot,
roll your eyes at your boss, and pass the buck. In teaching every word has
to be measured, your kidneys have to be strong, and you are the boss, so you
can't pass the buck. There is no such thing as a bad hair day, a day where
you feel horrible, or a day where you want to slow down. The "show" must go
on, while you might have taught the color wheel for 30 years, it is the
first time for the kids in front of you and you want them to be excited
about it. Educators are all too aware that we can, with a look, or a word,
harm a student in a way that they won't like our subject matter for the rest
of their lives. Believe me when I tell you that the other jobs that I had,
none of those bosses or clients remember my name, but there are thousands of
my art students that remember mine now.
> San D
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Subject: STEM to STEAM
From: "Sears, Ellen" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 01:36:44 +0000
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Thought I would pass this along... maybe someday?  
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to include the Arts...The
Art of Science Learning is an NSF-funded exploration of how the arts can
strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American
Subject: Oil Pastel Resists
From: "Sears, Ellen" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:28:57 +0000
X-Message-Number: 4
Denise - 
Here is a link to some photos of our work (in stages) if you are interested.
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