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CREATIVE REUSE LESSON PLANS – FREE

 

We are pleased to share our Creative Reuse Lesson Plans, inspired by Joy Suarez, for teachers to incorporate into their online curriculum. These low or no budget projects can be used across multiple subject areas, learning styles and ability levels.

All are free for your use.

3D VIRTUAL TOUR OF MFTA – FREE

 

With many staying at home during quarantine, we wanted to bring MFTA to you. You can now enjoy a self-guided 3-D tour of the 35,000 square-foot Materials for the Arts facility. Explore our warehouse and view the myriad of unique items on the shelves at MFTA. Learn about creative reuse through projects and activities in our classrooms. Tour the MFTA Gallery’s latest exhibition, Contemporary Reuse 2020. Take a sneak peek into our artist studio and see the works of MFTA Artist-in-Residence, Tijay Mohammed.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

 

Using a video conferencing application like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Webex, a MFTA Teaching Artist can teach directly to your students. We begin with an introduction about Materials for the Arts and the reusable materials in their spaces, and then go into a hands on art activity for your students.

Limited Free Field Trips Available.

ONLINE ART CLASS –
VIRGINIA’S PENDANT NECKLACE

Activity : Inspired by Ancient Egyptian Amulets, found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this lesson teaches participants about amulets and pendants, how to make beads out of used aluminum foil, how to turn plastic wrap into rope, and how to use packing tape as an alternative to glue.

Author : Virginia Hoffman

Ages : 4th Grade – 8th Grade

ONLINE ART CLASS –
EDYTA’S LADY BUGS

Activity : Make dynamic lady bugs in Edyta’s Lady Bug Lesson, using unwanted materials from your own space! Young participants will practice tracing circles, gluing, placing, tearing, and cutting found paper. 

Author : Edyta Halon

Ages : PreK – 2nd Grade

Documents: LadyBug_Art_Class.PDF 

ONLINE ART CLASS –
PAPER PUPPET PALS

Activity: In this environmentally conscious lesson about Creative Reuse, participants will take unwanted objects, clean waste, and materials from their homes and create art projects and puppets. 

Author: Collaboration

Ages: 3rd – 7th grade

Documents: Puppets_Art_Class.PDF  (Elementary) 
Puppets_Art_Class.PDF (Middle) 

ONLINE ART CLASS –
VIRGINIA’S SEA CREATURES

Activity : In this no-glue lesson, students will use tape and flat resources from their spaces to create a Creative Reuse Sea Creature, while learning about ways to help our environment by keeping materials out of land fills.

Author : Virginia Hoffman

Ages : PreK – 2nd Grade

Documents: Virginia_Art_Class.PDF 

ONLINE ART CLASS –
EDYTA’S CREATIVE CHARACTERS

Activity : This colorful and creative lesson focuses creating “Characters” from magazines, newspapers, and found paper in our spaces. Younger learners learn how to assemble before gluing, while older participants will be challenged by telling a visual story through their artwork.

Author : Edyta Halon

Ages : 2nd Grade – 5th Grade

ONLINE ART CLASS –
PAMELA’S FABRIC + PAPER JEWELRY

Activity : Pamela teaches us how to make fabric + paper beads using the found materials in our spaces! This thoughtful lesson is truly a lesson in “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

Author : Pamela Isaac.

Ages : 5th Grade – 12th Grade

ONLINE ART CLASS –
PAMELA’S PAPER FLOWERS

Activity : Celebrate Spring! In this fun lesson, participants will learn how to make flower sculptures using the discarded paper in their spaces. This dynamic lesson will spruce up your spaces for the warmer weather.

Author : Pamela Isaac

Ages : 3rd Grade – 7th grade

ONLINE ART CLASS –
PAPER TUBE BEADS

Activity : Create a large statement necklace with leftover paper tubes! This dynamic lesson is inspired by Pamela’s Fabric Bead Lesson, and teaches students how to cut and decorate paper rolls for huge bead necklaces. Focused on learning for little hands, this lesson is for Pre-K through Elementary learners.

Author : Virginia Hoffman, inspired by Pamela Isaac

Ages : PreK – 3rd Grade

ONLINE ART CLASS –
HARRIET’S NO SEW MASKS

Activity : No sewing required! Use this step-by-step video to create your own face masks, using fabric scraps and glue.

Author : Harriet Taub

Ages : 4th Grade – Graduate School

ONLINE ART CLASS –
OMAR’S COMIC BOOKS : EPISODE 1

Activity : How to Create Your Own Comic | Lesson 1| Story and Thumbnail Sketches: MFTA Education Associate, Omar Olivera, will show you how to create your own comic book from the beginning sketch to ink and coloring.

Author : Omar Olivera

Ages : High School

ONLINE ART CLASS –
OMAR’S COMIC BOOKS : EPISODE 2

Activity : How to Create Your Own Comic | Lesson 2| Pencils and Boarders: MFTA Education Associate, Omar Olivera, will show you how to create your own comic book from the beginning sketch to ink and coloring.

Author : Omar Olivera

Ages : High School

ONLINE ART CLASS –
OMAR’S COMIC BOOKS : EPISODE 3

Activity : How to Create Your Own Comic | Lesson 3| Inking and Perfecting: MFTA Education Associate, Omar Olivera, will show you how to create your own comic book from the beginning sketch to ink and coloring.

Author : Omar Olivera

Ages : High School

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COURSES FOR EDUCATORS

Take your educational career to the next level with MFTA’s studio-style Professional Development courses and workshops.

Our classes provide educators with the insight and tools to integrate the arts across the curriculum. MFTA’s unique approach to Creative REuse which combines hands on art making with supporting your students’ growth.

Friends of Materials for the Arts provides funding for additional educational programs, public outreach initiatives and supplemental donation pickups. The partnership between the Materials for the Arts and Friends enhances MFTA’s ability to expand and strengthen its mission and vision.