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Fw: Material Safety, Artist/Teacher

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joym (joym)
Fri, 2 Oct 1998 23:26:34 -0400

> From: joym <joym>
> Subject: Material Safety, Artist/Teacher
> Date: Friday, October 02, 1998 11:24 PM
> Thanks for the reference. I have Artists Beware on order. I have been
> communicating with polymer clay artists & none of them appears willing to
> explore the unanswered questions about plasticizers in polymer clay. The
> manufacturers claim it is non-toxic, but the facts about the
> process raise serious questions about the plasticizers (known toxins)
> leaching from the clay, even after it is "cured".
> Re: Artist self & Teacher self ~ This is the same dual role I have dealt
> with as an art therapist. I don't think I can be a good art therapist
> (therapist guiding others' growth via art) without understanding art
> process, art media, form etc. PLUS knowing therapy & knowing how to blend
> the two. Art teachers have a similar challenge: knowing art AND knowing
> teaching and knowing how to put the two together. This may seem self
> evident. However, if an art teacher leaves his or her "artist" at home
> happens to the soul of art making? How do kids learn the essence of what
> art is?
> Joy
> in Maine