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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Recycled Art Challenge

Created on April 23, 2015 by KatieMorris

Students "recycle" a variety of materials by turning them into sculptures.

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2 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT explain "reduce, reuse, recycle".
2. SWBAT manipulate recycled/found objects and materials into an original sculpture.

You can use whatever supplies you collect. Here are some that we used:
1. Cardboard boxes broken down and cut into usable sizes
2. Scissors
3. Glue- bottled glue, hot glue
4. Bottle caps
5. Empty watercolor wells
6. Yarn scraps
7. Cardboard tubes (toilet paper or paper towels)
8. Fabric scraps
9. Tissue paper (saved from holidays or parties)
10. Old file folders
11. Magazines
12. Egg cartons
13. Candy wrappers
14. Crayons
15. Markers
16. Masking tape

Need these materials? Visit Blick!

1. Discuss Tom Deininger's Self Portrait
-What is this a picture of?
-What is it made of? (The artist makes most of his work out of trash and found objects)
-Why would an artist want to make art out of trash?
2. Earth Day Intro
-Talk to students about Earth Day
-Brainstorm ways to take care of the Earth
-Explain that we can help in Art class by not being wasteful and finding ways to reuse old things instead of always buying new materials
3. Recycled Art Challenge
-Show examples of "recycled" art
-Demonstrate attaching with slits and tabs
-Show available materials
-Challenge students to make a sculpture out of materials headed for the trash or the recycling bin
4. Students start working
5. Review challenge and students complete projects in class 2.

In addition to teaching about environmental issues, this is a great budget stretcher.
Students were really excited, asking if they could make another recycled project as soon as they finished their first.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks
[5-8] Students compare multiple purposes for creating works of art

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum