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Re: recycled art

From: D. L. Sterner (dsterner)
Date: Wed May 17 2000 - 20:30:26 PDT

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    thanks for the insight - I am always looking for ways to use odd items.

    Fortunately, I have a cottage in a beach area outside of the city limits where I live (Buffalo to Angola, NY). I comb the beaches for drift wood and the kids love to create interesting sculptures and sand cast candles. My Dremel hobby tool gets a work out with sanding bit replacements, but the satisfaction is well worth the price - considering that the wood is free and I get a nice walk on the beach too!

    A plea for help! I am assigned a 5th grade class for a 6 week summer session. What do I do with the same kids all day? I am an art teacher - not a classroom teacher. I am dumbfounded as to what to do with the same kids all day. Anyone have any ideas, themes, or techniques for engaging a small group, 8 kids + an aide, with behavioral and learning disorders (the aide seems okay - no disorders that I can see) for the whole school day?
    I am a bit nervous teaching out of my discipline. Any help is appreciated.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Betti P. Longinotti
      To: ArtsEdNet Talk
      Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2000 6:00 PM
      Subject: Re: recycled art

      Interesting that you should post this. Each year we teach a theme unit
      in conjunction with a local contemporary art museum. This Spring we
      worked with their professional theme exhibition entitled "Life Cycles".

      The professional contemporary work incorporated themes of nature and
      metamorphosis as well as using found materials to create works of art.
      Our student exhibition in conjunction entitled, "Art: Recycle, Reduce,
      Re- Use", focussed on using non-traditional, and recyclable materials
      and/or themes of life cycle within nature.

      Students found all kinds of ways to break out. It was a great and
      colorful exhibit. Lots of three-dimensional works, which was a plus, as
      we don't usually have much opportunity to display these. Thus less in
      that realm is usually created. There were many collaborative artworks
      as well. It gave our art teachers alot of freedom to create with
      students in ways they generally do not. The professional curators of
      the museum and commented that some of the works could pass for adult
      'contemporary' works.

      Materials that I recall being used: soda cans, wire mesh, hand-made
      paper collages, sculptures from hosing material, sculptures made out of
      wood pulp and glue, trash, milk jugs, scrap pieces of wood, old shoes
      used as a collage/canvas, scrap pieces of glass, scraps of yarn and
      fabric, jewelry made out of nuts and bolts, and more.

      Our local newspaper came out and did a piece on the student exhibit
      which is difficult and rare for our area. The article was published on
      Earth Day, entitled "Art for the Earth", and that prompted a Tv
      interview with some of the student artists.

      You might be able to still find some information on the Life Cycles
      exhibit on SECCA's webpage, visit <>

      Hope this helps. Enjoy!

      Artfully yours,
      Betti P. Longinotti
      K-12 Lead Art Teacher
      Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
      on the www at:



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