Making the “Classroom Treasure”

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Make this MEMORY MIRROR… it’s a quick, easy project.

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Today I’m helping the kids in my son’s class get started on their “Class Treasure.” It’s a project to be auctioned off at their up-coming silent auction.

I made a small version of my idea to help them to “see” what we’re going to make together next week.

For the parents of Ms. Cohen’s Class — please read on…

The Class Treasure is going to be a large mirror incorporating  a mix of items from each child. We will glue these items around the frame of the mirror and then I’ll take it home and finish it off with a coat or two of paint to tie it all together.

The point of this project is to create a piece of art that represents the entire class.

Please have your child bring in some objects to help make the mirror a reflection of his or her interests and personality. It doesn’t need to be too complicated. Just be sure that she brings in several small items to cover approximately 5 inches x 3 inches per child. Try to include one or two things that represent his interests (the beach, the woods, scouting, sports, cooking, art, music, etc.)

Rocks, shells, sticks, beads, game pieces, awards… anything that is has texture — so that when it’s painted over, it will still be interesting to look at.

“Why are we painting over everything?” Good question!

Using a solid, single color of paint will unify all the objects, making the mirror an abstract representation of the entire class. It will also make it more likely to be a piece somebody could actually use in their home, thus making it even more valuable for the silent auction!

This photo is the actual mirror.

Here’s the mirror we’ll be using for this project. I rescued it from Goodwill! Don’t worry, I’ll make sure to clean it up before bringing it into the classroom.

Please be sure to have your child bring in their addition to the class treasure by next   Monday. I’ll be back in the class on Wednesday, October 24th to help put this all together. I’m looking forward to getting to know your child just a little bit better through this project!

“Nathan’s Mom” 🙂

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