Pulaski Academy Art Department teacher Stacey Walton reached out with photos and praise for our Boxcar Press paper giveaway for art teachers. “If not for your generosity my budget would not allow for my students to have so many more opportunities and variation in art supplies as they do now,” writes Stacey.
The Pulaski, New York art instructor is referring to our annual giveaway of printing papers and more to art teachers at local schools. Boxcar Press gathers a wide variety of items no longer needed for printing projects and it’s not just limited to papers. It varies from year to year but can include papers of all types, patterns, and sizes, envelopes, surplus cards, packaging, transparencies and colored foils.
Stacey included photos of just a few examples of how creative her classroom students were. Some of the paper is perfect for oil pastel and acrylic painting. They use the patterned papers in their art journals a lot. They also use them for after school craft projects, including Fall signs, wreaths, and ornaments (by curling the paper and putting it inside glass ornaments – they come out beautifully!) The solid colored papers (especially black) are great for mounting backs.
Some of the items offered are not papers or materials but plastic boxes formerly used for card sets and the cards themselves. The students use the boxes of plastic covers as palettes for painting, printmaking, etc. They are perfect because students can close them up and save them from day to day rather than washing the paint off every class. Stacey writes, “This is a huge saver on paint for us, and super convenient for the students as they do not have to re-mix colors from class to class.”
“I have had students paint little boxes to use as stands for ceramics and sculptures for displays. We used the foil rolls we got last year as decorations for our school dances. I also use the “Thank You” cards any time an organization or business donates something to our program. Our secretaries use the Thank You cards as well (I found a set with our school colors, so they were perfect). We even give them to students who need thank you’s to send out when they get things like awards and scholarships.”
Thank you Stacey for the feedback and artwork. We enjoy providing what we can to enrich school art programs and are astounded by the creativity and breadth of how the supplies are used. We encourage other art teachers to let us know in photos and words how you have used our give-away items.
This year’s annual paper giveaway for teachers is Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 PM and questions can be directed to Boxcar Press at 315-473-0930.