Closing Reflections: Community Maps and Mosaics

Closing Reflections: Community Maps and Mosaics

Posted on March 5, 2014 by

Materials for the Arts’ most recent exhibition displayed Community Maps: Mosaics of PS 209 Queens. The mixed media mosaics were created by the school’s second and fifth grade students during their MFTA residency with Master Teaching Artist Joy Suarez. Second …

Conversations: Joy Suarez on creative reuse, project-based learning, and Common Core

Conversations: Joy Suarez on creative reuse, project-based learning, and Common Core

Posted on February 11, 2014 by

Materials for the Arts’ Residencies place MFTA Teaching Artists into schools for extended periods of time. During PS 209′s MFTA Residency with Master Teaching Artist Joy Suarez, second and fifth grade students created mixed media mosaics out of supplies from …

Golden Apple Winner: The Bottle Cap Mosaic Project

Golden Apple Winner: The Bottle Cap Mosaic Project

Posted on February 5, 2014 by

Under the guidance of art teacher Sarah Ellis Traci, the Success Academy Cobble Hill’s kindergartners and first graders submitted their Starry Night Bottle Cap Mosaic Project for the Golden Apple Awards’ TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge. The school started collecting bottle …

It’s Awards Season!

It’s Awards Season!

Posted on January 29, 2014 by

Teachers, have you started thinking about what project you’re going to enter in the Golden Apple Awards this year? Your school can win huge cash prizes for your hands-on learning projects that focus on recycling, waste prevention, or community cleanups! Enter …

Making Art Active with Games

Making Art Active with Games

Posted on January 21, 2014 by

Even for those of us that balk at icebreakers like the human knot, team art games are a creative way to meet new people and make art together. At Third Thursday: Reuse Relays, our Director of Education John Kaiser showed …

Photo Stills: Shadow Puppets Travel the World

Photo Stills: Shadow Puppets Travel the World

Posted on December 12, 2013 by

PS 107 in Flushing, Queens hosted a Materials for the Arts in-school residency led by master teaching artist Joy Suarez and teaching musician Louie Miranda. During the six shadow-puppet workshops, third graders wrote a script, created puppets from reused materials and …

The sweetest things

The sweetest things

Posted on November 18, 2013 by

Victoria’s Secret has been a Materials for the Arts donor for 14 years now. Their most recent donation to our warehouse includes mannequins wrapped in pink ribbons, an opulent bejeweled purple chandelier, and a hot pink Eiffel tower. Known worldwide …

Reuse Flower Pins with the Rubin Museum

Reuse Flower Pins with the Rubin Museum

Posted on October 29, 2013 by

Our featured guest blog this month is the Rubin Museum of Art: Art of the Himalayas. The Rubin’s Coordinator of Family Programs Laura Craft shows us how to create easy-to-make flower pins at home from reused materials. “Here at the Museum we will soon …

Greening Libraries in Queens

Greening Libraries in Queens

Posted on September 18, 2013 by

Hasina Islam may have one of the coolest (and greenest) jobs. She’s an Environmental Learning Arts Leader at Queens Library, creating “eco-craft” programs for kids as part of the Greening Libraries initiative through the Greening Western Queens Fund. All of the …

Vadis Turner: Painting with Ribbon and Fabric

Vadis Turner: Painting with Ribbon and Fabric

Posted on September 9, 2013 by

Vadis Turner feels like she won the golden ticket as an artist. After a summer-long artist’s residency at Materials for the Arts, she has created an entirely new body of abstract work that reflects a decade’s worth of mixed media …