WHITESBURG, Ky. – A pad of Post-it notes can be used for anything like getting a little privacy by covering up your computer’s web camera, to telling someone exactly where to sign a paper, to jotting down a note to buy milk on the way home from work.
But a teacher in Kentucky has used the work desk staple to create art.
Math teacher Tyler Watts fills what he says are the biggest windows in Whitesburg, Kentucky, with thousands upon thousands of sticky notes using the Harry M. Caudill Memorial Library as a canvas.
Watts said the idea started when he was using Post-its to create line-symmetric shapes in his first grade class, WLKY reported.
The Post-it pro has been putting up displays in the library’s windows since 2017 and he has his students help plan the design, using math to figure out the area and perimeter of the windows to come up with how many scraps of paper they will need to fill the voids.
He teaches fourth grade this year, WLKY reported.
“Do I need one pack of 90 or do I need five packs of 90? Let’s round that to 100 and then we get into the math behind it and then how many will I need. It’s a pretty cool way to tie it to the curriculum,” Watts told WYMT. “Just to help them realize that math is in everything that you do almost and if they can see it tied to art in a large scale project and have a little ownership in it, I’ll do this as long as I can.”
This year his display features the Muppets from “The Muppets Christmas Carol”: Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Beaker, Animal and the Swedish Chef and took more than 10,000 notes.
Past displays include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”
Watts is known as the “Post-it Picasso,” WLKY reported.
Watts doesn’t pay for the Post-Its. Instead, 3M, which is based in Cynthiana, Kentucky, donates all of the Post-Its.
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