SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2013

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Elementary Studio Lesson hts a Nig tauqu y tarrver Chau S o Teresa Euken I was fascinated and curious when I saw a self-portrait of Chicagobased artist Mary Ellen Croteau madefrombottlecaps.Iquickly started looking for similar projects online. Was this something that could be incorporated into my elementary art program? Although I had been teaching for twenty-six years in an elementary classroom setting, this was my first year as a K–5 art instructor. I was a little nervous about 20 May/June 2013 SchoolArts whether I would be able to pull off this huge mural project. Collecting Caps I teach in two buildings, so we would have to make two murals. I knew that I was going to have to ask our community to help with the collection of bottle caps. I sent fliers home with every student explaining the project we were about to embrace. I put large collection tubs in each school and asked businesses and groceries if they would be willing to house collection tubs. The local newspaper even wrote an article to let our residents know about our endeavors. We needed as many shapes, sizes, and colors as we could possibly get our hands on. The caps could be from soda bottles, milk jugs, juice bottles, frosting tubs, spray paint cans, mustard caps, fabric softener lids, and so on. Recycling Trash to Treasure This was a great opportunity to learn about the importance of recycling.

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