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How to get mat board scraps -Plexiglas too


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 20 2003 - 09:25:20 PDT

I am sending this to the other groups too - Mat board scraps is a free
resource that we all can tap into.

> >I have some examples of mosaics done with old mat board painted and cut
> >squares and glued to a colored board. It's on my website under art 4.

>>>Most art teachers are resourceful enough to come up with their own.
People it is summer have the time now...Go around to all of the
framing shops in your area and get their scrap mat boards.
Don't wait till the school year when everyone else is looking - someone just
might beat you to it (smile).

Ken has done more projects with mat board scraps, too.... I have one I can
describe - but left my samples at school (a Frank Stella-ish relief with
shapes, lines, and numbers - art/math integration). I had lots of shapes cut
ahead of time for kids to choose - but also let them use the paper cutter to
cut more they if they needed. The numbers chosen had to have special meaning
to them. My numbers were probably 7 - 11 - 17 (7/11 my anniversary and 11/17
my son's birthday. I have my personal work of art at home that I did in
tribute to these dates and that is on my site). I can't remember now how we
did the numbers - but am guessing we cut them from posterboard since that is
easier to cut with the X-acto knives. I think this would be a great project
to use up old punched out numbers too from those lettering packets - Most
folks just use the letters in their bulletin boards. Maybe core teachers
have some to give? I think we added lines to our shapes with strips of
cardboard (that I cut a head of time). The card board was all glued and
arranged in relief to create a nice design we talked about the P's and E's
during that process (I talked about the P's and E's I used in creating my
own sample - and what was going through my head as I did it). We just used
little scraps of cardboard to raise them up. Regular Elmer's glue worked -
but we used the hot glue gun for the "crisises" - if something fell apart.
At the time the only images I had to show them were pictures of Stella's
work from a library book - that was enough to get them started. I had very
little visual resources at that school (a catholic school). It was done for
a school wide Math Week (of course good art TAKES TIME so we finished them
in the following week).

Those who do printmaking - go around now to all of the glass places and get
their Plexiglas scraps. I used the summer for collecting stuff - so I
wouldn't have to worry about "stuff" during the school year...Collect some
corrugated cardboard too. Make it an "adventure" make it fun for you. And DO
tell them who you are - and why you need it - and yes they will often say
"Here take this, too" or "Can you use this?". Businesses love to help out an
enthusiastic teacher. It shows them that their tax moneys are being put to
good use. They don't have money to give - but they have "stuff".

Judy Decker

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From: "cen_aca_dp" <>
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Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2003 12:17 AM
Subject: RE: Tracy Conley needs your help

> Those are great!! I teach younger students, so mine aren't quite that
> fabulous. :)
> Do you know that they charge $17 for a bag of matboard mosaic chips in art
> catalogs? Most art teachers are resouceful enough to come up with their