I was planing to do a quick lesson that has to do with this topic. I did
something like this in college in my middle school art ed class. Our teacher
gave us a plastic bag filled with odd things: a plastic egg carton, 2
popsicle sticks, a paper towel roll etc. and we had to create somthing out
of the items. We didn't have to use all the materials if we didn't want to
and I think we could add other materials that we had laying around. There
was a handout that went with the lesson (who knows where that went). The
project turned out pretty good. We also had to name our invention and give a
blurb about what it did. Kinda like a sales pitch of sorts. I am planning to
do a group project like this with my kids next week. I want it to be
successful so am kinda not sure if the group way is best. Hope this helps
and if anyone has suggestions for similar please tell..
From: Judy Decker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 4:33 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Lesson Plans using recycled materials
Dear Art Educators,
In reading all of your mail, it sounds like more than Colette could use
lessons using recycled materials. I know you are too busy to even think
about it now - but I thought I would throw the idea out there in case anyone
has lesson plans to share. Post to the list - and I can get the plans from
you over the summer to put on Incredible Art Department - These can be any
grade level. I will sort them (indicate in your email what grade level).
One artist I always wanted to use as inspiration for junk sculptures (use
scrap Styrofoam - covered with plaster gauze or paper mache) is Paul de Toit
I have done Marisol inspired sculptures with cardboard boxes - we put a
plaster gauze mask form on them, paper mached, painted and added collage
materials one year. Another year, we splatter painted them or stamp printed
patterns on them. We used wood scraps that were donated from the lumber
yards and miss shops.
I have seen some very nice Frank Stella inspired relief sculptures done
using scrap card board.
Anyone want to brainstorm on more ideas using recycled materials?