At MFTA, a group of teachers is learning to turn junk mail, beverage containers, and all kinds of scrap paper into handmade paper during our P credit course “Paper: From Pulp to Fiction.” We started by raiding our scrap paper and recycling bins–in the office and at home.
The next step is soaking the paper so you can turn it into pulp. We try to soak ours overnight, but one hour will do in a pinch. In the meantime, the teachers raided the warehouse for frames and mesh that once stapled together, mold the paper into whatever shape they desired.
While the teachers worked on constructing the frames, Joy and our volunteers used blenders to make pulp out of the soaked paper.
After watching Joy demonstrate the paper making technique, teachers got to try the technique themselves.
After Joy pressed all the excess pulp from the paper with a sponge, she dropped the finished product onto a piece of felt to dry.
Here are some of the teachers’ creations!
Do you want to bring techniques like these into your classroom at little-to-no-cost? Learn great art projects AND how to link them to teaching the Common Core with P credit courses at Materials for the Arts. There’s still time to sign up for a class this summer! “Raw Fibers: The Art of Fabric” starts July 25 and we’ll offer all three of our P credit classes again in the fall. Learn more about P credit classes at MFTA here.