An Artist in Residence Program gives students great exposure to things they might not have seen before, “It is always good to learn new things, as a papermaker I still find it fascinating & always have an experiment in mind that I want to try at some stage. even for me as a teacher. Tracy King, a papermaker, teacher and artist, will visit 15 days during May in ??? third-grade classroom, instructing 53 students from three classes.

Papermaking ties into STEEAM (science, technology, engineering, environment, arts and math),

​the student's collaborative efforts will culminate in the creation of a crafted paper illustrated world map of the Earth, measuring 4 feet by 8 feet, made entirely from recycled paper collected from the school campus. 

​“Learning is so much more than reading from a book,” DeMent says. “I was that kid that never would have survived without art in my school background.” 

 Tracy's experience spans over 20 years

 Her website,, chronicles her passion for paper art, all crafted from sustainably collected plants, recycled and invasive fibers. 

​ Students will be able to construct a Map of the Earth that demonstrates their knowledge of geographic tools and how they are used to organize and interpret information about people and their environment.  Skills students learned in recycled papermaking will be transferred into first-hand experiences with water cycles, the transformation from liquids to solids, as well as paper’s role in the history of communication.  Each class will conduct scientific investigations using artifacts and technology, partaking in guided research in support of 3rd grade World Geography and Ecology standards.

3rd Grade’s collaborative efforts will culminate in the creation of an Illustrated World Map, 4’× 8’, crafted from paper that students will have hand made using recycled paper collected from their school.  This large art work will be permanently displayed in a prominent location at the school.  Handmade paper surfaces will be embellished with graphic illustrations in a variety of media to define young cartographers’ explorations of the physical world, including land cover, political borders, cultural and physical landmarks.  Student’s collaborative illustrations will be accompanied by age-appropriate writing at presentation that describes their world research.  Personal research journals along with photography and classroom display will artistically document students experiences, describing their research and scientific exploration.

-Using only materials collected via school recycling bins, the students are turning trash into paper.

-The principal, stresses the importance of adding cultural enrichment to each student's educational path. 

-Additionally, Tracy is working in the elementary art room with six Life Skills students and about 40 sixth-graders, creating handmade paper collages and other unique papers for their portfolios. 

-Include childrens recounts