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Save the Bay Sculptures

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.


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3 lists for day 3…

Three days until I go back to school…

I’ve been working on figuring out how I’m going to present my new student centered learning ideas to my students when they come back on the 24th.  Aside from planning that out, I will have a language arts class and homeroom in my room this year… Luckily one of the coolest teachers I teach with is my new room buddy! We are going to have so much fun setting things up and collaborating on different ways to integrate art and writing into lessons! I’m so excited!!

So today I will write 3 list…..

3 things I want to do in my classroom before the students come back:

  1. Take the cabinet doors off of my cabinets. This will minimize some “wall” space for posters but I think it will be best for the organization and utilization of art supplies!
  2. Organize and label all of the art materials into bins for easy access
  3. Plan areas in the room where students can accomplish different tasks.
    For example: a green screen area for a video blogging!

3 things I want to create before my students come back:

  1. Videos demonstrating different art materials and techniques
  2. Sew curtains for my windows….I really think that curtains instead of blinds, will add to the ambiance of the room and I have a great idea for decorating the curtains. The students will decorate them with paint pens to display the Elements and Principles of art, and other art vocabulary we will learn throughout the year!
  3. Stools, easels and shelves

3 things to plan for the first month of school:

  1. The first week classes : Expectations of a student centered learning environment
  2. Experimentation sessions
  3. Curriculum awareness sessions

Oh I am super excited!