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Re: [teacherartexchange] loose graphite/charcoal management


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Sep 09 2008 - 15:29:40 PDT

I am not sure if I know about loose graphite or charcoal. I use stick charcoal and I had relatively little mess. It was in a high school and we had good paper. If the charcoal or graphite is over a large paper (on table) then you should be able to fold it and put it in a can. I would go outside and spray the drawing with a fixative when completed.

Ken Schwab
San Jose, CA

--- On Tue, 9/9/08, Betty B <> wrote:

> From: Betty B <>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] loose graphite/charcoal management
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 1:16 PM
> Before the school year started, I found my first-year
> journal, and I wrote about how, when I did charcoal, the
> custodian told other teachers she would quit if they
> didn't get rid of me. Well, it is 8 years later and I
> haven't done charcoal or loose graphite since.
> So I did. I set up a table with a covering, and after my
> students got the outlines on their self-portraits, they
> could bring them to the table and rub on loose graphite with
> a couple of dry sponges, knock off the loose graphite onto
> the table, then take it back to their desks to lift out the
> lights and add more black with drawing pencils. Well, even
> so, it got on the floor and by lunch it was tracked through
> the cafeteria (right outside my door).
> So, in a replay of eight years ago, the janitor came in to
> my class and griped at me. I explained it was graphite and
> cleans up easily with water. So he went to get the new
> principal, who came to my room to talk to me about it. He
> was very nice and professional, and I showed him I had
> contained it to one table, and that I was going to use it
> for three days this semester, and three days next semester,
> and that I hadn't used it in eight years, and art is
> messy.
> sigh. Is there a better way to do loose graphite and/or
> charcoal that makes absolutely no mess, or should I just do
> the best I can and expect to keep upsetting people a couple
> of days a year?
> PS-I told the principal I could use those sticky mats they
> have at the hospital that clean your shoes as you go in and
> out.
> Betty in OK
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