Continuing the theme of recycling rubbish to make art, I ran an Art workshop with a group of 28 year 2 children (aged 6 to 7 years old) last week where we created an entire ocean out of recycled domestic ‘rubbish’ and then filled it with beautiful squished tin can and bubble wrap sea creatures. The final piece measured around 1.5m square and consisted of three panels.
The children were split into two teams. One team worked on the background, where they collaged together blue and green food packaging and old fabric and wool, to create the watery scenery, whilst the other team used acrylic paints to cover squashed drinks cans, and cut out painted bubble wrap for the fins / tentacles of their creatures. The two teams swapped roles half way through so that every child could feel that they had contributed to every part of the final picture. With a hefty dose of leftover ’sparkly bits’, donated by a local shoe designer, the whole piece was ready to hang …and I have to say, looked absolutely stunning.