This quarter my students completed a recycled sculpture project that focused on how we can be more “waste free” and what we can do with the current plastic waste that we have accumulated.
I have been saving plastic containers and trinkets for this project, but students also went home and found plastic materials to bring in for their sculptures.
Students first watched this video about the impact of plastics and pollution in our water!
Then each student was asked to research and choose one animal from the Chesapeake bay area to create as a sculpture using plastic waste.
Students loved the challenge of using recycled materials to create something new. The idea of impermanence and destroying something to bring life to a new idea, was a topic middle school students enjoy discussing.
Once students created their recycled material armature for their sculptures, they used different methods for embellishment. Some students used old yarn, recycled paper, random plastic beads, and cardboard.
This was a great project to get kids aware of the impact our choices make on our planet. We challenged each other to go waste free for a day! Some kids said it was really hard if not impossible, without a change from their parents. This is also a great lesson in how others choices affect what we can or can not do, and the students felt more passionate about sharing with their families the importance of reducing plastic waste.