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Discover how artists use everyday objects in creative ways! Transform an old memento into a dazzling picture frame and use Crayola® Bright Fabric Markers to preserve its memory with decorative designs.
Prior to the opening of this lesson, request that students will bring a cloth item from home that has special significance to them.
Ask students if they have ever thought of a spoon as a work of art? Artists frequently find creative, unconventional uses for ordinary objects. That style or technique is known as Found Object Art. Why would an artist want to use found objects in their work? Discuss some ideas with the class. Invite students to view and research work by found object artists, like Marcel Duchamp or Zac Freeman. What is interesting and unique about their artwork? What everyday items do they utilize? Organize text and electronic resources for students to use during their research.
Once research is complete, have students share their learning with classmates. Then ask students to share the items they have gathered to transform into a work of art. Let them know that they will create a memory frame using the fabric from a special keepsake that will hold a photo of a related memory. For best results, use 100% cotton fabric.
Students carefully cut enough fabric from mementos to cover a 4" x 6" wooden picture frame using Crayola Scissors. Consider covering the frame in patchwork style to use fabric pieces from the entire item. Are there patches, buttons, embroidery or other unique features on the keepsake that can be included on the memory frame?
Place the wooden picture frame with the front facing up on a flat, hard surface, like a table or desk. Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Spread fabric glue over the edges of the wooden frame and snugly wrap the frame with fabric pieces. Attach any buttons or other accessories from keepsakes over the fabric.
Encourage students to add a title, caption, or decorative details to the memory frame with Crayola Bright Fabric Markers! Draw a design, making certain to saturate the cloth. When finished, students ask an adult to iron their designs. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. This will fix the color to the fabric. Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Wear a smock to protect clothing and cover work surface. Recap markers as soon as possible and store in a horizontal position. Do not shake markers.
Ask students to bring in a copy of a photograph that is important to them. Have them insert the photograph into their original frames. Provide time in the school day for students to share their frames and selected photographs with small groups of classmates.
Add a photograph related to the memory of your keepsake. Present your frame to the class and share your memories of that special event or time.
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