SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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Visit Follow me on E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R A rt teachers have the honorable and well-deserved reputation for creatively using and reusing any and all art- making materials with their students. Whether your students are recycling, upcycling, or using green, sustainable materials, they are likely to enjoy the creative challenge such an approach presents. You may ask for donations of materials from students, parents, colleagues and administra- tors, and local businesses in your community, perhaps even on your school's website. Thrift shops, garage sales, and framing shops can pro- vide many treasures as well. Supermarkets and local recycling centers may also yield surpris- ing results. You may also be fortunate to have another local resource. In Denton, Texas, where I live, we have a fantastic resource called SCRAP. S CRAP Denton ( is a non- profit, creative reuse store and donation cen- ter. Along with affordable, ever-changing, and diverse store items for open-ended exploration, SCRAP also provides a range of educational opportunities for our community and hosts local artists who use at least seventy-five percent reused materials in their artwork in a consign- ment boutique. Many cities offer programs similar to creative reuse centers. To locate one near you, check out the list at html or search online for creative reuse centers. Who knows what you will find. In the mean- time, get inspired by the green studio lessons and ideas offered in this issue that illustrate creative uses of ordinary materials such as card- board, scrap paper, plastic bags, paper umbrellas, paint samples, foil, cupcake wrappers, playing cards, and more. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 3

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