Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38078] Fair Use Or Infringement? ("Terry Peart")
  2. [Baren 38079] third graders and Viza Arlington blog (Linda Beeman)
  3. [Baren 38080] Re: third graders and Viza Arlington blog (ArtfulCarol #
  4. [Baren 38081] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4699 (Feb 6, 2009) (Shelley Hagan)
  5. [Baren 38082] RE: Third graders ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 38083] Re: woodblocks with children (Sharri LaPierre)
  7. [Baren 38084] Baren "Ads and Ops" Newsletter/Digest (Mary Kuster)
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Message 1
From: "Terry Peart"
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 13:16:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38078] Fair Use Or Infringement?
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Here's a very interesting story about the ubiquitous Obama image.

Click the LISTEN button above the images.
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Message 2
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 14:50:14 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38079] third graders and Viza Arlington blog
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David, thank you for correcting that. For some reason my keyboard lately hasn't been printing every letter I type. Having been a secretary for over 10 years,
I'm a pretty fast, accurate typist. This thing is driving me nuts.

I love all the ideas everyone has posted for printing with kids. It's important to get these kids interested in printmaking when they are young.
With all the school cuts here in the U.S. in the arts, it helps a lot if we can volunteer.
Viza Arlington blog: Winter Aspen - This is the first of Exchange #39 I've seen and it is so beautiful! I am so excited to get them all, I can hardly stand it!

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Message 3
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:51:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38080] Re: third graders and Viza Arlington blog
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Linda Beeman "Eyes" woodblock, love 'em  and so much else going  on..

I'm appreciating so much of what you people are printing and can't  respond
to all!  Just know that I am not just a lurker out there thinking  "Hmm..", but
breathing hard with all that is done,  being done  and will be done!

Carol Lyons
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Message 4
From: Shelley Hagan
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:54:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38081] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4699 (Feb 6, 2009)
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I love the foam plate idea - I'll have to write that down for future craft

I want to clarify so that no one feels compelled to call Child Protective
Services - the carving I've done with grade school kids has been carving
potatoes, bars of soap or fruit using clay carving tools. The plastic and
wooden tools are great for teaching closely supervised youngsters about
carving. They are cheap, readily available, easy to make patterns and
textures with, and most importantly too dull to lop off a finger. In my
mind's eye I pictured 3rd graders using very dull speedball tools in a
highly supervised, very brief manner.

So please don't worry - my homeroom kids aren't running around the school
with actual knives. All tools go back home with me afterwards and the
environment is very controlled; never one-on-one but typically about 1:5. I
haven't lost a student (or a part of one) yet. ; )

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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 17:03:55 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38082] RE: Third graders
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There are also Speedball brand and other brands "safety tools", in which the
blade is completely surrounded by a metal "guard". You draw the tool towards
you, but with a scooping motion; using a straight motion won't work, as the
guard stops the tool dead in its tracks in just a cm or two.



Maria Arango

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Message 6
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 18:05:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38083] Re: woodblocks with children
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Pick up a pack of Chinet flat dinner plates at the supermarket or
discount store and cut your foam plates from them. Much easier than
meat trays which are sometimes spongey and difficult for young artists
to draw on. Also, they often have an impression on the bottom which
you have to work around. Chinet makes perfect foam plates for kids to
work on and are super cheap, can be used over and over again, are
washable, and only require a pencil - no sharp tools.

I never used anything sharp in the classroom until 5th grade, minimum,
and then it was to work on linoleum. Even so, we usually had at least
one casualty each year. Third grade? No way! First of all, the
hierarchy would never have allowed it. There are a million different
projects you can do. One year I had my first graders print fruit
(apples, oranges, lemons, I forget the 4th one) cut in half, inked
with stamp pads, and printed by pressure onto the corner of napkin
size pieces of muslin. I washed and cut the muslin squares at home.
After they printed them, and they were dry, they ironed them to set
the ink. They had a pack of 4 napkins to give their Mom's for
Mother's Day that year. The Mom's loved them. While waiting their
turn to print they sat at their tables and pulled the strings around
their napkins to make them fringe. They needed help getting enough
pressure, but not too much, to make a nice print. It is a good
printmaking introductory activity. It could be adjusted to other ages.

Cheers ~
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Message 7
From: Mary Kuster
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 18:30:42 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38084] Baren "Ads and Ops" Newsletter/Digest
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Don't forget that we will be posting our first "Ads and Ops"
Newsletter/Digest this month. I'll need your ad by the 13th,
please. See below for the details previously posted or email me with


Baren Council announces a once-a-month listing on Baren Forum for
members who would like to sell or trade woodblock printmaking items.
Those bareners submitting ads should include description, contact
information and a website where items can be seen in detail. Submit ads
Suggested categories: Materials, Tools & Equipment, Supplier
Announcements/Sales/Clearances, Instruction Books/Videos/Workshops,
Woodblock/Woodcut Prints.
This newsletter will go out to the list on the 15^th of each month, so
they must be submitted by the 13th of each month. If we get a lot of
items I may do twice a month.
Email questions to

Your ads coordinator,

Mary Kuster