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To Clean Oil Painting

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The first step in cleaning an oil painting is removing the painting from its frame. Make sure the frame is on a soft surface to avoid damage. Once the frame is off use a vacuum to clean the crevasses where the painting meets the wooden stretcher. Take care not to chip the paint.

The next step is removing mildew. Using a cotton ball and a Sodium Hydrochloride cleaner, gently rub the affected spot on the painting. Before continuing, check the cotton ball to ensure the paint is not coming off. Once the area is cleaned, immediately wipe the cleaned area with a wet sponge. Make sure to get all of the cleaning agent off.

To clean off a small amount of dirt and grime, use an onion cut in half. The potency can be increased by adding drops of lemon. Do not allow the onion lemon mixture to dry on the painting. Wipe off with a wet sponge. If the dirt is still holding on, move up to cleaning with a lemon detergent. A soft sponge should be used with warm water. Use as little water as possible. After cleaning, wipe off all detergent.

For a higher level of dirt and grime use Sodium Carbonate. The concentration will need to be determined before using the solution on the entire canvas. The way to do this is dissolve a small amount of Sodium Carbonate in warm water, then try the mixture on a corner of the paining with a cotton ball. Continue this process until the mixture takes off the grime without taking off the paint. After the cleaning, rinse the Sodium Carbonate off with fresh water or it will leave white streaks.

If the painting is so dirty the above methods don’t work, the next step is to remove the varnish. What is needed to remove the varnish is methylated spirits, turpentine diluted with linseed oil, and several cotton balls. Use the cotton ball covered in methylated spirits to remove the varnish. It is important not to go to deep, remove only the varnish and not the paint underneath. The method used to protect the paint underneath is after the varnish is removed, use a fresh cotton ball covered in the turpentine-linseed oil mixture to stop the methylated spirits. Continuously check the cotton ball to ensure the paint is not coming off. If paint starts to come off use the turpentine linseed oil mixture to stop it.

After cleaning the paining it is necessary to re-varnish the painting. The varnish can be gloss or matte and should be applied in a crisscross pattern with a varnish brush. Allow to dry.

Computer Art Education

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Computers are successfully applied in art education. There are many art institutes related to fashion, culinary skills, design and media arts that totally depend on the use of computers. Instructors consider them to be convenient, economical and interesting mediums.

There are colleges and institutes that offer courses to introduce students to computer applications in the field of art education. They emphasize on the use of the Internet as a communication and learning tool. Internet is also considered a creative art medium and a professional resource. Computer art education helps them to explore the use of digital-imaging hardware and software for individual creative expression. There are courses that teach ways to integrate the Internet and computer technology into school art programs.

Computer art education reflects the conviction that the computer is a tool that requires creative thinking and purpose in order to use it effectively. At the completion of the course, pre-service art education students are able to use digital imaging software and hardware, to create 2-D computer art and graphics in their chosen fields.

Students learn to incorporate text and graphics in electronic documents, for creative and instructional purposes. They produce computer animation and multimedia documents with the use of application software. The software is used as a communication tool, a creative medium and a professional resource.

Students learn applications of digital technologies in the field of art and art education. The technology can also be used for aesthetic, ethical and legal issues related to the use of digital technology in the visual arts and art education. There are a variety of instructional methods including, lectures, demonstrations, mutual learning and projects. Computer art education enables students to get actively involved in the learning process.