recycle and recreate

We have a New City School tradition the week before winter break called PODS. The fifth and sixth graders choose a special class to take for the whole week offered by teachers and administration.

Students could choose birdhouse building with Bill from buildings and grounds, jewelry making with Laurie the school counselor, piƱata making with Nina the spanish specialist, music making on iPads with Ben and Liz our music and tech specialists, or exploring thingiverse and printing on our maker bot with Eric the science specialist. Wow! Our students must have had a tough time deciding which one to choose!

This year, I offered a recycle and recreate class using my hoard of plastic water bottles. I have seen water bottles being used in so many amazing ways from bottle cap murals to mobiles so I wanted to give it a try.

I highly recommend it! It was lots of fun to make and you can't help but to smile when you see these hanging in the hallway. The installations are so colorful, catch the light beautifully, and are a great example of how artists can transform the everyday object into art.


HipWaldorf said...

Love these recycled flowers. What paint did you use on plastic?

Katie Morris said...

What kind of paint did you use on the water bottles?

Mrs. Chance said...

This is a great idea! I love any project where students can work collaboratively to make something wonderful!

Shannah said...

Thanks all:)

We used Jazz Gloss tempera paints. I like these because it dries glossy and the colors are intense. You could use any kind of regular acrylic or tempera but the shine would only show on the clear plastic side.


willowday said...

Beautiful! They almost feel a like Dale Chihuly crystal! ... we have a school break coming up and these really inspire me. Thank you for sharing!

Miss said...

Love these- have always wanted to try them. Your pics have inspired me! Thnx for sharing :)