I’m attending (online, of course) a “Call to Art” Un-conference organized by Cindy Ingram for art educators. I hopped onto Cindy’s email list right after she spoke to the Meadows Museum’s docents during a training session. She made a call for videos contributors to the Un-Conference, and people responded. Not all of the subject matter is applicable to a docent, but some of it is, and some of it appeals to me as a creative person.
Beth Allums sent “It’s Just Mail Art.” She is using Mail Art to engage her students during this time when she is separated from them, and when they are all separated from the supplies available in the classroom. I have to say that it got my desire to create something kicked into gear. These are the introductory words:
Mail art is a truly international activity and a fun way to connect with people in every corner of the globe. Learn to use art to make connections in this time when we need it most. In this workshop, you will learn the history of mail art, learn to create decorated and illustrated envelopes, learn how to find penpals, make a mail art kit, and much more! This workshop is improvisational and free-spirited with a more non-linear approach. Be inspired by history, examples, and materials such as file folders, fabric, recyclables, paint, photos, envelopes, catalogs, patterned paper, and cardboard. You will never look at mail the same way and you may never send another naked envelope again!
Even if you don’t actually do this, have fun thinking about it!