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Carolyn...Wow! Somebody else from North Carolina!! I did my undergraduate
from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, class of hum-m-m-m-m!
How's the weather...ROFL?! I use to live in Greensboro, Raleigh, and did my
student teaching in Winston-Salem. Also lived for a time near Sugar
Mountain just outside of Boone. Small world.
About your teaching 6th grade weaving on cardboard. I went to the local
galleries and in particular Michael's Art Store (a chain here) and begged
for leftover matboard they were throwing away. I wound up with three FULL
carloads of medium to large (like 4'x4') like-new pieces in all colors
It seems when stores cut matboards for their customers' frames, they throw
away the perfectly good insides. They all only use brand new pieces each
time. I could have gotten more if I had room in my classroom. I'm going to
start going to Michael's once a year now. Anyway, I had all these
beautiful pieces so I started using them for 6th grade weavings. The
weaving remains on the colored board which is beautiful. We had colored
feathers added. Also, we do a week of compass drawing and finish with a
individual compass design each on newsprint the size of 4"x4". I found a
thin-gage metal which comes in 6 colors and cut them with sissors into
4"x4" squares. We transfer the design onto metal, cut out the shape and
attach with glue gun to weaving. Fantactic...project takes about 2 weeks.
I keep the boards cut fairly small and in diff. sizes to keep each project
diff. but no longer than 12". This gives the slower student a change to
keep up and select a thinner board to work on. We do alot of measuring on
the back of the board also. I found a great place to order from and they
have the metal I use and the real long plastic needles cheaper. If you
want the name and address, let me know. I'll e-mail it to you.
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526