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It's Not Trash, It's Art!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Creating art from recycled or repurposed materials is both trendy and "green," as well as cost-effective. Check out these examples of recycled artwork at some SAIS member schools. 


At Jacksonville Country Day School in Jacksonville, FL, the art teachers acquire recycled materials from many sources, including a former parent who runs the pharmacy at a large local hospital and often donates pharmaceutical caps. The art teachers also have been known to dig through the recycling containers in their neighborhoods. Most of the artwork is permanently displayed on campus but the latest piece (below, left) will hang in the pharmacy office at University of Florida Health Jacksonville.



At Chrysalis Experiential Academy in Roswell, GA, students crafted a horse made from recycled metal. 



At the Galloway School in Atlanta, two local artists, Amandine Drouet and Dena Light, visited this past fall to work with a 7th and 8th grade elective class taught by Middle Learning Art Teacher Mary Stuart Hall. The visiting artists work primarily in reused materials for their own creations, so they were able to give the class pointers on ways to make something beautiful out of something that had been thrown away as trash. The students created art from recycled materials like cans, coat hangers, and plastic bags, which they then used to assemble an installation of flowers for the planting beds in the front of the school. 



At Boyd-Buchanan School in Chattanooga, TN, High School Art Teacher Becky Brandt (below, left) recently taught a lesson in first person as artist Dale Chihuly. She spoke about using recycled/repurposed art, and students used coffee filters, plastic saucers, a cardboard pole, and balloons to create Chihuly-inspired art. 




At Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, GA, students created both a U.S. flag and animals from recycled materials. 


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