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Monday, May 19, 2014


      Pencils are a big part of my life.  I see hundreds of art students every week and it is often a struggle to have one in the hands of every kid.   They love to watch them grow smaller in the class's electric sharpener.  
      When they get too small they use to ask, "What do I do with it now?".  Several years ago I gave these pencils purpose, I created  my art room's "Tiny Pencil Museum".
       In a corner we display art made from small, unwanted pencils.

( Every white rip mark represents a stolen pencil.  It is no problem to hot glue replacements.  When it gets too ugly we start over).
As long as there are more pencils there will be more tiny pencils.

  They can be arranged in designs, pencil cartoons, or the all time favorite, "The World's Smallest Pencil" (currently the left one in the top photo).

       Kid's know value and the planet's littlest pencil often disappears.  When it does, its is easily replaced, much like The World's Oldest Person (another popular subject for elementary school students.  "Why", they ask, "do they stop at 117?").

      I thought we might be doing something original until I stopped by a Wynwood art gallery last year.  There I was humbled by an artist who really has a pencil thing going.


Inspired, we are now collecting these small pieces of threaded wood for our next pencil project.

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