I have noticed a huge difference in the quality of student drawings, at the
high school level, based on quality colored pencils. I show work from the
color pencil society of america and instruct the kids on layering and
"blending, not coloring". When used well, I have found kids can do some
awesome work. I won't buy them anything less than prismacolor. We sharpen
mostly with xactos. I teach them how to use the xacto in a controlled way ,
not just hack at it.
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From: "Jerry Vilenski" <email@example.com>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2008 11:54 AM
Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] colored pencils
>I always maintained a large bin of colored pencils in my art room, and
>would purchase about a dozen sets of the cheapest pencils I could find each
>year to add to the supply as old ones were used up. I know there is a
>difference in pencil quality as to certain brands, but in the final
>analysis, the kids just like a large variety of colors, and I don't think
>the differences are so great they are worth worrying about. One thing all
>colored pencils have in common is that they float in a hollow wooden
>casing, and therefore are prone to breaking when dropped, which happpens
>all the time. Sharpening them becomes a challenge because any sharpener
>you use encounters the broken parts, which you can't see.
> My solution to the problem was to not worry about it! I used an electric
> pencil sharpener for myself as well as hand sharpeners for the kids,
> mostly to prevent them being out of their seats all the time sharpening.
> I purchased inexpensive hand sharpeners, which I could,at the time, buy by
> the gross at Oriental Trading for really, really cheap. No worries about
> losing a few, and the quality was surprisingly decent. I found that the
> wall-mounted old fashioned sharpeners did not do well with kids, mostly
> because of the kids pressing down on the pencil at an angle that prevented
> the pencil from shapening the right way.
> Hope this helps,
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