SchoolArts Magazine

October 2016

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M A N A G I N G T H E A R T R O O M Finders, Keepers A rt experiences can provide unlim - ited opportu- nities for students to form beautiful objects from leftover and recycled materials. This method is creative and inexpensive; plus, materials can easily be amassed with thoughtful planning and preparation. Free Paper My school district's central warehouse is a wonderful source for free paper, including an accumulation of unused, date-specific, book cover paper. If the expiration date has passed, the paper is useless. Ordinarily, this paper has printing on only one side; the other side is blank and perfect for many projects. Another resource is the paper used to pack art supplies. It comes as a crumpled, wrinkled mess, but it serves as a great background for paint- ing, as well as a base for papier-mâché. Sculptural Painting Substrates Some easily obtainable but often overlooked canvases are pizza boxes, shoebox lids, and cereal boxes. These are great substrates for painting, as they don't cause much warping and easily replicate gallery-wrapped can- vas. They can actually look quite pro- fessional when covered with diluted glue, tissue paper, and gesso. Alternatives to Canvas An alternative form of canvas is a fabric sample stretched over an old wooden picture frame. Stretch and staple from the middle toward each corner, cover with gesso, and paint! Textured fabric is even better; just incorporate it into the design. Artful Illuminations Clean out two-liter soda bottles, cut off the tops and bottoms, and color with permanent markers or swish with a glue and liquid watercolor mixture. These can be shaped into lanterns or cut into spirals, or shaped with a hair dryer. An art/science Leslie Booth crossover connection is to rig a low-watt light bulb and wire pivot point, then tape a fluted aluminum pie plate to the top of the cylinder. The light emits heat, caus- ing the cylinder to rotate. Books to Alter Altered books have become a popular art project in middle- and high-school art classes. Use dis- carded books as a frame for an indi- vidual work of art, a shadow box, a double- page painting, or a hard- back substrate. Recycle Old Markers Amass dried-out markers, pull out the wicks, and soak many of the same color in a spray-bottle filled with water. It's astounding how intense the color spray is and how well it works for all kinds of applications. Scratch-Art CDs Have students paint old CDs with black acrylic and scratch a design on the surface. This makes for a striking contrast when held up to a light. The Benefits of Reuse You don't need to look very far to find reusable objects as the starting point for your next project. Students can enjoy dozens of art projects, fashioned from used, leftover materials found in or outside of your artroom, all while learning the benefits of recycling materials. Leslie Booth is an art teacher at Evans Middle School in McKinney, Texas. lbooth@ Some easil ttainable but often overlooked canvases are pizza boxes, shoebox lids, and cereal boxes. 16 OCTOBER 2016 SchoolArts

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