SchoolArts Magazine

May 2016

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at multiple artworks and identify how the artists were able to recycle prod - ucts in order to create them. Collecting Bags Collect plastic bags in a variety of col- ors and weights. Gather brown paper bags, adhesive-backed transparent film, white drawing paper, and pencils. Sort the plastic by colors in the brown paper bags. Explain to students that instead of throwing away the plastic bags, they are going to reuse and recycle them as landscapes, each containing a tree. Designing Trees Give each student a piece of 6 x 9" (15 x 23 cm) 60lb white drawing paper and ask them to draw a horizon line. Next, students should overlap the horizon line with a basic sketch of a tree trunk with no branches. Give each student a piece of adhesive-backed film. Have them remove the backing of the film and place it, sticky side up, on top of their drawings, so there will be a guide for where they will place their plastic. Explain to students that they will have to "work backwards" for this project, and anything they wish to show on the front of their finished works will need to be added first. Students can decide what season they want their landscapes to show and choose colors of plastic as needed. After students collect their plas - tic bags, they will need to cut it into small pieces and bunch it together as desired on their adhesive papers to create their tree trunks. Finally, they can decide if they want their land - scapes to show day or night and fill in the backgrounds accordingly. When finished, students can turn their art - work over to see the final results. Learning from the Lesson Although many schools have a recy- cling program in place, it is still important for students to know that there are other ways of disposing of materials, including reusing them to create beautiful artwork. Creating these artworks helps students become aware of what they can do to help their school be green. It only makes sense to create landscapes made from plastic; this could be what our real- life landscapes become if we don't do something about it now. EunJung Chang is an associate professor of art education at Francis Marion Univer- sity in Florence, South Carolina. echang@ Amber Harrar is an art teacher at Lucy T. Davis Elementary School in Florence, South Carolina. amber.hekman@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K bag-crafts This could be what our real-life landscapes become if we don't do something about it now. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31

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