Earth Day wrap up

This past week I have been up to my ears in recycling. And that's just a bit more than usual...

I was the artist in 'residence' at my kids school. The whole second grade was involved, which meant six classes. I worked with two a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
It turned out to be quite fun for the kids and me and the parents helping out. We made art from non recyclables, which are items that are not recyclable in our town - mainly wrappers, packaging, plastics and lots of bottle caps. Originally I had planned to have the kids choose from three projects to make. So glad I scrapped that idea! It was much better to present them with a few examples, show them the treasure trove of materials and let them create. They have quite wild imaginations those second graders...

The kids collected materials for a week in their classrooms and then I came in with the materials I collected. We got out the glue, the scissors, the tape and staplers and worked, worked, worked!
Here are a few examples of what they created.We had variations of trees and a even a bird house. Very conceptual... Towers were all the rage in several classrooms. Future architects?This genius made a plane! Quite a few girls tried their hands at jewelry. There was an assortment of adorable creatures. And of course there were plenty of cars... Here's our display case in the lobby of the school. We were limited on space and height (no towers here), so I had to be the jury in the end. But quite a few kids wanted to take their projects home, so my choices were limited and hopefully I have not hurt anyone's feelings.