I use recycled, reused and materials from Nature as much as possible. I collect materials in my garage, and what I have will help determine what an art project becomes.
This works well for a number of reasons:
- It honors my value of minimum impact and minimum consuming.
- It allows the projects to be repeatable for students on their own as they can often easily access these same materials.
- When we make games, I believe that the handmade, recycled material game pieces have a very special feel to them.
- It allows for increased freedom to allow the process to be the priority. I always hope the outcome will be be beautiful. But, if a project does not turn out well, for any number of reasons, we have not ruined an expensive canvas… Usually just a giant sheet of recycled cardboard.
Here are some pictures of my collection center in my garage :
I use lots and lots of recycled cardboard.
Some of the projects we made on recycled cardboard include:
Sierpinski Triangle Game
Squares from Squares Puzzles
Spring Is A Time
Examples of projects made from other reused or recycled materials:
Color Blending CD Spinners
Brown Bag Place Mats
Mrs Brook’s 100% recycled and art from nature bouquet
Examples of Projects that Use Art From Nature:
10s and 100s golden rod designs
Giant Golden Rod Wheel