Teaching students how to successfully use recycled materials in the art room is important for numerous reasons. One of the most important reasons is that teaching applications for recycled materials empowers students. By showing students art can be created using materials they have access to on a daily basis; suddenly the world becomes a giant art store, full of possibilities, instead of limitations. Another reason recycled art lessons are important is that it creates environmental awareness and fosters an atmosphere where students are more responsible consumers. There are so many contemporary artists creating beautiful art that communicate powerful messages today, these artists show how powerful any material can be.
I often will post requests for “free” items so if you happen to have them around the house, PLEASE send to the art room. Right now we are collecting paper towel rolls, paper grocery bags & plastic bottle caps (the more colorful the better). I really appreciate any donations and promise to put them to good use.