Friday, July 29, 2011

Student Work

Here is one of the bottle cap pieces my students created in Portland. The students voted on this design and worked on the project collaboratively. The whole piece is divided into six smaller parts which students worked on individually. The small parts were then put together to create a whole piece.

This work was on display at Imago Art Gallery for an art walk in downtown Portland. The students attended this art show and were thrilled to see this piece and some of their other work hanging in an art gallery.

The process of putting this piece together was so fun. The students loved bringing in the bottle caps and cleaning them. They also enjoyed learning about the environment and the importance of recycling. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Love Bottle Cap Art!

I was so fortunate to work this year for Vibe of Portland, a music and art non-profit in Portland, Oregon. I enjoyed total freedom while creating my curriculum for elementary students. One of the lessons I came up with was creating bottle cap art. I discovered this medium while perusing the internet. Michelle Stitzlein is the artist I found that inspired me. The photo above is from one of her children's workshops and here is the link I initially found:

Eco-art is one of my favorite forms of art (art made from recycled materials). I love introducing this type of art to my students as it presents a great teaching moment for them to learn about the environment and the importance of recycling. My students have always been so receptive to this medium!

I will be posting pics soon of the work my students did. Gotta run now. Joseph is so excited to see one of his friends from school here in Cleveland.