"Always looking for ways to recycle! This is great, creative, fun, useful. I can never say I don’t have a card when I can make one! Thank you!" -Art Cards Participant @ Falmouth Library
This summer, we enjoyed facilitating numerous workshops at libraries throughout the Bay State, including programs in Falmouth, Kingston, Acushnet, Reading, and Andover, to name a few! Among our programs, we had a wonderful group of participants make Art Cards - The Green Way at Falmouth Library using de-shelved books, magazines, maps, and discarded mail. Also, at our family-friendly workshop at Acushnet, kids and their parents made all sorts of cute, creepy, and humorous Itsy Bitsy Beings. The creativity that went into these 3D assemblage pieces from paper and metal scraps was very impressive!
This winter, each class at Glen Park Elementary School participated in a special Pop-Up Habitat program focused on the neighborhood ecosystem of Glen Park Canyon! The k-5 students created their own wearable art and became the creatures that inhabit this landscape using improv and other drama techniques. It is very exciting to see this program culminate through both visual and dramatic self-expression.
In this 5-week Green Art Workshop series, BASP kindergarten-5th graders became eco-conscious artists. Utilizing everyday discarded materials, they first experimented with drawing and collaging patterns from their imaginations and from observations of the school environment. Next, participants learned to make handmade paper from flyers, egg cartons, old paper, and junk mail. Finally, students brought these elements together to design unique quilt blocks. These individual “green” artworks now form the giant collaborative paper quilt that is displayed in the school library.
Students from Willie Brown Middle School had the opportunity to engage in SCRAP in a rather unconventional way during the Community Cartographers workshop! During their field trips, they led each other on blindfolded tours and created sensory maps of their journeys, focusing on their sense of touch and sound. The middle schoolers also explored the artistic potential of mapping further by up-cycling old maps, using collage and embroidery techniques to depict a personal story.
This May, we returned to Bryant Elementary and worked with each class to create a collaborative paper quilt installed at in their School. The students learned about the African American quilting tradition of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts and images of San Francisco, the participants designed their own quilt blocks using various colors of paper scraps.
This spring, we facilitated Fresh StART, our teacher training program, with teens at Balboa High School. In March and April, the students met with GAW teaching artists to do a variety of green art projects such as Dreamscape Books, Mapping Personal Journeys, Cork Abstractions, and Ephemeral Nature Sculptures. (Thank you Patti Pauchnick, Laura Boles Faw, and Miles Epstein!) Inspired by the artists, hands-on making, and a visit to SCRAP, the teens then designed their own green art lesson. The program concluded with students teaching their unique creative re-use projects to their peers at Balboa.