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Re: Framing Student Prints

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betti longinotti (p-lstudio)
Sat, 24 Jan 1998 18:07:25 -0500

There are several schools in our school system, be it an elementary,
middle or high school that have 20 or more frames for student artwork.
Most of these frames are in lobby areas of the schools, or sometimes in
our cafeterias. Not to mention we have close to 200 frames at our
Central Office. Each of our art teachers has 2-3 frames to change 2x's
a year. These are all usually economy metal frames. I am sure there are
many suppliers of these at a wholesale cost for schools...we use Graphik
We also have about 20 frames at our city's Register of Deeds office,
where we keep up a K-12 exhbit....these are economy wooden frames from
the same company listed above. This exhibit is changed annually.
Some years ago in a middle school where I taught, we had wooden frames
which were made by our system's carpentry division. These have been my
favorite. They were so easy to change the art in!!
Basically these were frames with a homesote backing and framing trim molding in your house, around the edges. The stock was
stained and lacquered, so they looked nice. They had an 18" X 24"
opening for the artwork. All you had to do was staple the work in
place. If the work wasn't that size, smaller, then you just mounted the
artwork on board or construction paper. These frames were propped ontop
of our library's shelves and could be turned horizontally or vertically.
I used to have little exhibits in the library creating a gallery like
atmosphere. I made up and printed exibition cards with the student names
on it, and held opening receptions during the school day. I invited the
parents in during the day for the receptions. The kids really felt
special and it was a great way to create a focus on the art program.

In Art & Life,
Betti L.
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