Art teacher wants old cereal boxes to do double duty

2013-09-26T18:26:00Z Art teacher wants old cereal boxes to do double dutyMerrillville High School nwitimes.com
September 26, 2013 6:26 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Sarah Kennedy Ketchum isn’t a typical recycler. And her current project at Merrillville High School will benefit more than the environment. She’s thinking of her students.

Instead of beating a path to a recycle bin, she’d rather turn old cereal boxes into portfolios for her art students.

“Every course in college, we made a binder of our work,” Kennedy Ketchum said, “so that when we moved on to the next class we had a reference.”

A teacher of Two Dimensional Art and Art History at MHS for the past nine years, Kennedy Ketchum needs 1350 cereal boxes. So far, she’s collected about 100. But with three sections of 2D art and a total of 90 students each trimester, she will need lots more.

“The larger boxes will serve as the outside cover for the portfolio and the smaller boxes will be inside the larger, like a notebook divider,” she said. “They are also a blank slate for them to draw on.”

Each portfolio will be divided into sections for elements and principles, a sketchbook, vocabulary, media/medium, various projects and an artist of the week.

“It’s everything they’ll need for the next class,” she noted.

Kennedy Ketchum’s students advance to drawing, painting and print making classes taught by Mrs. Janet Anderson.

“The ones that move on tend to save things anyway,” she noted. “Plus, they’ll see how they have gotten so much better over time.”

Kennedy Ketchum put the word out to her students and fellow teachers during the first week of school.

“Every day I have two or three boxes in my mailbox from teachers,” she said. “But anyone can bring them. I have plenty of storage space.”

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