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This is good idea, esp. knowing that you're ready for exhibits. For my
own classroom, though, I think I would have the students choose their
best 2-3 pieces for a full-blown matting (we wrap them with acetate,
also), to cut down on waste.
BTW, I teach my students to cut mats with a Dexter, using a metal
yardstick as a guide. I tell them anyone can afford a Dexter--even a
college student--and if you can learn to use one well, you can use any
> coming from an art ed student's point of view, how about making it part of the
> routine in your classroom that a piece isn't "done" unless its suitable for
> presentation? this way, it seems, our students would learn matting/mounting
> early on and get into the habit. plus, at the end of the year, things would
> be ready to go for a show, and don't forget about stressful situations when a
> community group decides to do something "artsy" and asks for fifty pieces from
> "the children" for next week. it occured to me that we might waste materials
> by fixing up things we have no intent to display, but i disagree with "waste"
> as a description of any piece. even if its not used in a show, our students
> will feel more pride in their polished, professional looking work. and
> they're more important to me than any old show. :)
> Aimee Sirna
> Virginia Commonwealth University