- Natural materials
- Repurposed or recycled materials
- Spending time in nature
As always, students were encouraged to make their artworks original and meaningful. Make something that means something.
We started by looking at the history and purpose of Earth Day:
Students had multiple options to choose from, or come up with their own nature inspired idea. Some took photos in nature looking closely at pattern and texture, some worked with natural materials, a few did nature inspired artworks, and some created artworks out of recycled materials. Below are a few examples of the many unique artworks that were created this week.
In their reflections, students were also asked how art can be used to raise awareness about environmental issues. Here are some of their responses from 8th grade students:
- If people see it they can see how beautiful nature is and they might want to help it.
- Art can be used to get people motivated to clean up the environment.
- I think if we recycle more it will help the environment, and with that people can collect things and turn it into different art pieces everyone can enjoy. Just like how the artist Gilles Cenazandotti collects trash from the ocean and turns it into art.
- To show pollution and maybe how much people are throwing away that could be recycled or reused instead.