Earth Day

Possible Classroom Concepts: Science – Ecology

Reuse and Repurpose

Possible Art Room Concepts: Art History

Collage, Sculpture, Kinetic Sculpture

Sorry, I know I promised you April Showers next, but Earth Day crept up on me.

So, I’m doing a short and sweet post on recycling and I’ll do April Showers next.

Artists were recycling and repurposing long before it became necessary or in vogue.

It’s very timely that I talked about Alexander Calder in my last post

because he was one such artist.

In the 1950’s, Calder built a series of bird sculptures out of cans.

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“Only Only Bird”

Find the story behind this bird here:

http://www.phillipscollection.org/research/american_art/artwork/Calder-Only_Only_Bird.htm

Look here to find “Only Only Bird” lesson ideas:

http://www.phillipscollection.org/research/american_art/learning/calder-learning.htm

See more examples of Calder’s tin can birds here:

http://mondo-blogo.blogspot.com/2011/08/calders-critters.html

Find ideas for recycle bird art projects here:

http://artprojectsforkids.org/recycled-rooster-2/

http://krokotak.com/2013/04/cardboad-box-hens/

http://kids-finelines.blogspot.com/2012/03/calder-with-1st-graders.html

I love this last project the best because it moves like Calder’s work does.

I would make the whole thing out of recycled boxes not just the body.

Enjoy your Earth Day!

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