Readers of our blog have seen how one teacher from Staten Island used zippers, donated to MFTA from Marc Jacobs, to create an art-integrated science lesson for her classes. Followers of our Twitter feed can also see these zippers on our profile page. It looks like the window designers at Bergdorf Goodman are taking a cue from us and incorporating zippers into their work (above). Farther down Fifth Avenue, creative reuse abounds at MFTA recipient, Museum of Modern Art.
Watches, clock parts, bead necklaces–we’re practically swimming in these items thanks to American Eagle. We don’t have any bones, but you could make some out of materials from the warehouse, like this science teacher did. Here’s a creative reuse for your scrap paper via Venezuelan artist Alejandro Otero: Cut it into strips and make a Mondrian-inspired collage.
Jasper Johns is a master at reinterpreting objects “the mind already knows.” His Flag (1954-55) is a highlight of the MoMA collection and demands to be seen in person. While it might look like something you’re familiar with, a close examination reveals…something else you’re familiar with.
Teachers: You can tap into ideas like these to engage your students in our P credit course, “Paper: From Pulp to Fiction.” During this course you will focus on integrating art-making and teaching the Common Core standards, while learning techniques for paper making, pen and ink, block prints, stenciling, silkscreen and collage. Our teaching artists will work with you to integrate these engaging projects into whatever subject you teach. Best of all, you can do it all with free materials from the MFTA warehouse. In the collage project below, students created collage puppets of mythic characters, then had to write stories explaining their origins.