This week's post was generously contributed by Brene Duggins, media coordinator at East Davidson High School.
Ever wondered what happens to a book after it is weeded? Need ideas on how to give those discarded books a new life? Well look no further! Take a walk into Altered Book land and let your imagination run wild! These old and tattered books can take on a new life as anything you can dream! They can be a table, a Christmas tree, bulletin board background, and more.
At East Davidson, during the month of November, we held an Altered Book Art Contest. It was really simple: stop by the Media Center and pick up a discarded book (we had a few hundred sitting from our first weeding rounds) and let your imagination run wild! We had pictures of Altered Book Ideas posted around the Media Center as well as tutorials and ideas on the Media Center webpage :http://edhs.davidson.k12.nc.us/departments/edhsmediacenter/altered_book_art. We had students fill out a sign-up sheet when they selected a book so that we could remind them as the due date for the Altered Books grew near.
We found it helpful too for us to have ours out for the students to see progress as the weeks went by. It drew interest from students and teachers. After a few weeks, students and staff began turning in their books and it was amazing to see what they created. These altered books took on a life of their own, some folded pages, some painted pages, some made monsters and one even made a birdhouse. Students and staff enjoyed seeing the books and then they began talking about other ideas they had for art with books. So this is going to be a annual project for the Media Center.
Ideas that we took away doing this the first time:
Things we didn’t have turned in but would have loved to have seen (great ideas for the future):
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