Thursday, September 3, 2009

Welcome back 8th grade ART students!

Here are a few bits of information to get the new school year off to a great start. 


Below is a list of supplies needed for our art class. Most of these things are probably objects you throw away. Instead of throwing it away, be green and bring it to class. We'll make good use out of it!

-Old T-shirts
-Plastic containers (yogurt cups, ice cream buckets, sour cream containers, etc.)
-Old junk for collages (nuts and bolts, plastic silverware, old buttons, wire, plastic toys, etc.)
-Old wallpaper, scrapbook paper
-Old software/music CDs


Every year we have many accidents with art materials that result in stained clothing. Most of the time, students are wearing paint shirts to project their clothes but we still have cases where paint or clay or better yet...BLACK PERMANENT INK gets onto clothing and stains. I'll never forget when a student spilled black ink down his new jeans and it soaked all the way through his pants and stained his skin. Even his brand new white tennis shoes were covered in ink. Did I mention this happened on the first day of school? Yikes! 

Here are a few tips in case your clothing gets a dribble or two of an art material.

INK/MARKER- Dye stains can be difficult to remove. First, pretreat the stain with a heavy-duty liquid detergent, then rinse thoroughly. Soak the stained garment in a dilute solution of all-fabric bleach. A few highlighter (marker) stains may be removed or lightened by rubbing immediately with isopropyl alcohol and flushing with hot water.

PAINT-Treat while wet. Soak in cold water; wash in cool water with heavy-duty detergent. After paint has dried for 6 to 8 hours, removal is very difficult. Treat as combination stain. Wash in hot water. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.

GLUESoak in cold water; rub fabric against itself under running water to dislodge stain. Launder in warm water with heavy-duty laundering detergent.

PENCIL- Use an art gum eraser to lift off excess, but avoid rubbing the fabric. For delicate fabrics, use spot treatment methods. For most durable, washable fabrics, use a pretreatment aerosol product, stain stick, or stain removal gel. Then rub in heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse in warm water and launder.

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