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Recycled Art


Children will learn about artists that create their art through the use of recycled materials.
Grade Level: 3-5



Slaymaker, Melissa Eskridge
Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey
An introduction to the world of folk artist Grandma Prisbrey, who built houses out of bottles.
Albert, Michael
An Artist's America
Reproductions of collages form the basis of Albert's introduction to his own artistic journey and of his passion for promoting the use of recycled materials in art.
Hartfield, Claire
Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden
A boy from North Carolina spends the summer in New York City visiting the neighborhood of Harlem, where his uncle, collage artist Romare Bearden, grew up.
Bull, Jane
Make It!
Presents a variety of projects making use of paper, plastic, metal, or fabric trash.


Collage Art

Materials: Magazine Pictures, Cardboard, Glue, Scissors
Have children create collages similar to those by Michael Albert or Romare Bearden. Pass out pictures from recycled magazines and a cardboard square for a base. Have children cut out different shapes from their magazine pictures and glue them to the cardboard to create their own collage art.

Paper Beads

Materials: Colorful paper scraps, pencils, glue stick, string
Have children cut long triangle strips out of the paper scraps. Wrap the triangle around a pencil and glue in place. Allow glue to dry and slide paper bead off of the pencil. Create several paper beads to make a bracelet or necklace.



Collage: An artistic composition of materials and objects pasted over a surface, often with unifying lines and color.

Pop Art: A form of art that depicts objects or scenes from everyday life and employs techniques of commercial art and popular illustration.

Recycle: To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment. To extract useful materials from (garbage or waste).

Reuse: To use again, especially after salvaging or special treatment or processing.


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