Teaching artists from Materials for the Arts (MFTA) and students from P.S. 268 K under the direction of art teacher Irina Erkina recently collaborated on a project to create holiday ornaments for the tree at Gracie Mansion. Made from reusable materials and plastic beverage bottles, two 4th and two 5th grade classes enthusiastically participated in this very hands on project. Each bottle was cut down to a smaller size and then filled with a variety of bright and colorful objects such as buttons, aluminum foil, and small pieces of paper. The bottle was re-sealed, a border was made for each of the bottles from textile leftovers, and a string was attached making each beautiful ornament ready to display.
This project, like all MFTA’s education projects, instructs both students and teachers on the importance of reusing everyday materials and keeping valuable items from entering the landfill. Materials for the Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, is the City’s oldest creative reuse program supporting the arts and cultural community by providing access to valuable free materials.
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Supplies provided by Materials for the Arts
Our featured donor is Sequins International! They generously donated to us one of the great trims that the students were able to use to decorate their ornaments. ( In the above pic: the shiny blue plastic material with holes [where the sequins were cut from])
– John Kaiser