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Creative Infusion: Art and Reuse in the Classroom (Fall 2020)

September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Dates:  9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 (6 Saturdays)
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Credits: 3 P-Credit/45 CTLE hour*
Curbside Pickup Appointments: 9/23 or 9/24
Instruction: Online Instruction**

Course Description:  Creative Infusion is an introduction to a wide range of ideas, techniques and methods used for integrating art made with reusable and recycled materials across the curriculum.  This course teaches teachers curriculum integration by giving them an understanding of art techniques that they can use to teach literacy, math, science and social studies.  Art becomes the tool to integrate a brave new learning community for integrating the concepts behind critical consciousness as the lens to address bias and diversity for a deeper understanding of the school and the global community. Participants will learn various strategies for differentiating instruction providing them with the tools to create and present achievable equitable projects, specifically designed to reach a wide scope of learning modalities and cultural differences that make them better educators, leaders, and artists.  Sessions include: Art of Reuse-an introduction to materials and problem solving; Games and Game boards-developing new games and replicating standard games for all subjects; Bookmaking- the creation of book structures that integrate all fields of study; Paper Mosaic/Mandalas-creating patterns and design inspired by cultural and historical influences;  Dream Catchers-creating kinetic sculptures, using geometry,  problem solving and reasoning. Theatre Arts-using an historical timeline and a study of world culture to create hats, masks, puppets to be used to create a literary response.


COVID -19 Update:  This year, Materials for the Arts faced an unusual challenge of turning our in-person class into an online class. In order to keep supply materials and class costs as low as possible, each participant can schedule a socially distant Curbside Pickup Appointment at our Warehouse to pick up a pre-packed box of free materials for your class. In addition, each participant will need to  independently purchase or borrow materials listed on your course Supply List.


Curbside Pickup Appointment Times:

  • Wednesday September 23rd from 3:00 – 3:30PM
  • Wednesday September 23rd from 4:00 – 4:30PM
  • Thursday September 24th from 3:00 – 3:30 PM
  • Thursday September 24th from 4:00 – 4:30 PM


Supply List Includes: Hole punch, cereal box, recycled cardboard (ex. boxes, containers, etc.) beads, buttons, wire, yarn, fabric scraps, brown shopping bag, glue stick, scissors, stapler and/or glue gun with  hot glue sticks.



* To receive p-credits, participants must FIRST RSVP and and pay an additional fee through the ASPDP website, then register with the MFTA website.


** Classes are LIVE with Teaching Artist Joy Suarez. This is not a self-directed online course. 


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September 26, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Foundry
42-38 9th Street
Queens, NY 11101 United States
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Materials for the Arts
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