Sunday, April 5, 2015

Liberty Park LOVES to Upcycle!

The Liberty Park Patriot Art Room prides itself on finding a use for almost anything donated to the art room!

What is upcycling you ask?

UPCYCLE: verb | To take something that would be thrown away and create something of higher quality like art.

Here are just a few ways we have been upcycling this year:
> We used paper towel rolls to create 3-D flowers and  3-D turkeys.

>In creating papier-mache masks, some third-grade classes used old receipts as the paper.

> To celebrate the Chinese New Years, fourth-grade classes designed their own dragon puppets only using scrap papers and leftover strings, ribbon, popicle sticks, and scrap papers.

> In learning about the great glass blowing artist Dale Chihuly, we used coffee filters and plastic water bottles to create our own collaborative sculptures!

>We used random craft items like feathers, buttons, wood chips, and more to create Louise Elhert-inpsired snow people.

> We used things found around a house to create Louise Nelvson-inspired assemblage art in 4th grade. Items included dominoes, monopoly houses, puzzle pieces, wood letters, plastic toys, broken ipod, measuring cups, dice, bottle caps, silverware, watch, and so much more!

>Matboards, scrap cardboard pieces make great trays for student work!

>Plastic lids, CDs, and cups are great for tracing too!

Anything can be upcycled! What kind of items can YOU think of that would be great to upcycle or that you have used? Comment below!

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