|Posted on April 19, 2010 at 3:09 PM|
Does this look like art material?
A teacher friend of mine who teaches art in an elementary school is thinking of changing careers because budget cuts have made it impossible to provide enough art material for her classes. She wants to paint a large mural in the art classroom wall but has no funds for paints or brushes. I remembered seeing a large mural once at a school in New York City that was made up entirely of milk bottle caps but looked like a mosaic. Plastic bottle caps are a pain because they can't be put into the plastic recycling bin and this seemed like a great project for her classes.
I suggested that if she could get all the kids to start saving up their milk, water, and juice bottle tops, these could be used as material for a mural that would provide the kind of challenge the kids needed about recycling. It would also show parents and school administrators that art is an essential learning tool for teaching children not just about art but about resources, too.
I'm hoping to post a picture of the kids in action soon!