Recycling Trash Into Art

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Whereas most people view trash as a nuisance, some children in Colorado regard it as their personal muse.

Artwork by children in Boulder, Colo., is being showcased in "Enviro-Art," an exhibit at the University of Colorado Museum in Boulder. The collection, cosponsored by a local trash disposal company, challenged students in the Boulder area to find new ways to use what most people regard as junk.

Most of the 200 submissions focus on the animal kingdom, although the creatures owe as much to the landfill as to nature and imagination. A group of 5th graders created a metal crab with a tuna-fish-can shell, bobbypin legs, and pincers made from soda-can pop tops. The political overtones of some works suggest their creators are environmental activists in the making. One piece features an oil can spilling its contents onto a bed of flowers where a life-size, Bambi-esque fawn lies in repose.

"The kids' works show a very cheerful and positive look at recycling," says Becky Phillips, the coordinator of the exhibit.

The award-winning "Recycled Rainforest," created by 5th graders at Lafayette Elementary School, features a rainforest the size of a shoe-box, complete with newspaper trees, Styrofoam lions, and egg-carton turtles.

The students' desire to preserve nature didn't end with the exhibit. Now they are saving aluminum cans to raise money to buy a piece of a real rainforest. --S.K.G.

Vol. 11, Issue 21

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented

Sponsor Insights

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Student Engagement Lessons from 3 Successful Districts

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >