Continued from “Safety as a Priority”
on page 47.
Thereflectionofmyselfinthe rialsthatcanbeusedintheart aidkitthatshouldbeaccessible “lookingglass” remindsme classroom.Asartteachers,most andvisibleinyourroom.Introduce dailyoftheaccidentsthat ofusknowthechemicalstoavoid themtoeachiteminthefirstaid canhappenatschool.Inmy inthestudentenvironment.Itis kitandaskthemquestionsonhow
eighthgrade Englishclasswhenthe ourresponsibilityasartteachersto thoseitemsmightbeused.Referto
teacheraskedustotakeoutour includesafetyinformationinevery activitiesandmediastudentswill
pencilsforapopquiz,thestudent lessonplanandinformeachstudent beusingduringtheyear.Remind
behindmereachedovermyshoul- ofthesafetyprecautionstheymust studentsoftheseitemseachtime
derandgrabbedmypencil.How takewitheachactivitywithout youintroducealesson.Itmayseem
dareshe!Iwasnotgoingtoletthat deprivingthemofthejoyofcreat- monotonousbutitcouldsaveastu-
happentome!Iturnedaroundand ingart. dentfrominjury.
letgo.Ourtug-of-warresultedwith Material Safety Data Sheets Medical Conditions
thepencilinmypossession.Unfor- Legallyyoumustkeepareadily Itiscriticaltoknowwhatallergies
tunately,thepointoftheleadwas accessiblenotebookinyourclass- ormedicalconditionsyourstudents
alsostuckinmyeyelid.Iwasvery roomcontainingMaterialSafety haveeachyear.Yourschoolnurse
luckymyeyeballwasnotinjured. DataSheets(MSDS)ofallmedia shouldprovideyouwithalistof
Thisincidentremindsmeofthe thatrequireit. The MSDScontains students’seriousconditions. You
importanceofsafetyprecautions. anemer- mightalso
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procedurestohelpstudentscreate thespecificphysicalandchemical aformsenthomeatthebeginning
successfulpiecesofartwork.Itry componentsofpotentiallyharm- oftheyear.Teachersshouldbe
tointegratearthistoryalongwith fulmedia.Itdetailsthehazards awareofastudentwhomighthave
theelementsofartandtheprin- forinhalation,skincontact,eye spasms,seizures,orotherhealth
ciplesofdesign,showexamplesof contact,andingestionandwhatto conditionsaffectingtheirabilities.
finishedproducts,andpresentdem- doifthishappens. The MSDSalso Rememberthatthisisconfidential
onstrationswiththemediathey informsyouoffireorexplosion information.
wereviewthesafetyprecautions storage,ventilation,eyeprotection, Routine Procedures
forthetoolsandmediastudents gloves,specialclothing,orrespira- Establisharoutineforstudentsas
willusewiththesamecare?Safety tors. theyenteryourclassroom.Post
shouldbeapriorityineveryclass- Manyofthemajorartsupply instructionsontheboardifitisa
roomforeveryagegroup. retailershavetheseMSDSavail- studiodayandmakesuretheyhave
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dentswiththefirst continuedonpage XX.
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Classroom management is essential
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Qualley, Charles A. Safety in the
Artroom. Worcester, MA: Davis
Publications, Inc., 2005.
Patricia Huntress teaches Art I, Upper
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Brazoswood High School, in Clute, Texas.
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