Creating Art Projects From Recycled Materials

by: John Eichinger

Why not challenge students to design a collage, mosaic, or shadowbox entirely from “found objects”—recycled, natural, and discarded materials? The aesthetic nature of the art of salvage connects students not only to ancient, creative roots, but also to a future in which we must learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle. By using often overlooked materials, students develop a deeper and very practical understanding of conservation and environmentalism. When we compound that experience by adding a mathematical theme to the art projects, we have a truly interdisciplinary lesson.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 5/15/2009Stock # PB236X_7

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