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Re: Mail Art Project

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Rita Glass (
Wed, 22 Jan 1997 07:17:49 -0600 (CST)

I teach in an inner city school in Omaha. Nebraska....I also want to join
in the junk mail collages.......I have 7 and 8th grade art....keep me on
you list and lets get started there are 1000 students and 65% are below
poverty level.....ANY project we do has multicurtural flair to it...and
the collages sound wonderful Rita Glass

On Wed, 22 Jan 1997, Carole Osman wrote:

> Alex and others:
> I am interested in participating in this art exchange. I like the
> idea of using junk mail. I have done collages where students use the
> wrappers of candy, gum, labels from clothes, food, various products
> etc. I teach a Fundamentals of Art class at Kadena High School in
> Okinawa, Japan. Kadena is an American School, but students use both
> American and Japanese products. We don't mind exchanging info with
> seventh graders, but we are open to other participants if you think it
> would be more meaningful to communicate with same age students.
> Great idea Alex!
> Carole
> ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
> Subject: Mail Art Project
> Author: "Alix Peshette" <apeshet> at EDU-INTERNET
> Date: 1/20/97 11:33 PM
> Hi Gang;
> Greetings from Emerson Junior High School in Davis, California. I
> teach 7th grade Exploring Art and Arts and Crafts. As I start a new
> semester, with new students, I have an idea for an assignment which I would
> like to do in collaboration with other 7th grade art classes. I call this:
> SURREALLY YOURS... A Mail-Art Project.
> Objective: Students will learn and demostrate the elements and
> principles of design by creating a series of collaged 'postcards'
> using junk mail they have collected at home. The collaged artwork
> will be based on the surrealist art movement. The postcards will
> contain a personal message to a penpal art student from another city,
> state or country.
> Goals:
> 1) Students will collect and select images, text and backgrounds
> from a week's worth of junk mail.
> 2) Students will be introduced to the surrealist art movement,
> artists and artwork.
> 3) Students will select and demonstrate an element and principle of
> design in each collaged work; ie: line and unity, color and
> repetition, etc.
> 4) Students will write a brief description of their lives, give a
> title to each piece of art and explain how the elements and
> principles are demonstrated in the artwork.
> Materials:
> tagboard: 8"x 5 1/2" The tagboard will be folded in half into a rectangle
> 4"x5 1/2". The collaged artwork will be on one side of the fold,
> with the message to the penpal on the other side. The postcards will
> be folded and taped closed, then mailed in bulk (large mailer) to the
> collaborating classes. The messages can read by the students and then
> cut off; leaving a work-of-art postcard as a gift for the student
> participants.
> Other materials: white glue, scissors, junk mail.
> Now, I must admit that this is a brand new project for me and I am
> sure there will be some 'bugs' that neeA to be worked ou8. I am
> lookin= for three classTs of 7th graderswho would like t' do this
> uniqu0 art postcard exahange. Participation by students from another state or
> (even better) another country would be wonderful. I am planning to bulk
> mail the art to the teachers, just to keep mailing costs down.
> I would like to start this project in about two weeks. This will
> give my new students a chance to collect one week's worth of junk
> mail. If you would be interested in collaborating with my classes,
> please e-mail me and we can work out the details.
> I invite others to take this idea and do an art exchange on their
> own! Those of you technologically-gifted teachers with your own web
> sites might even 'exhibit' the results of this project!
> -Alix Peshette
> Emerson Junior High School
> apeshet