It’s Easy Being Green

Term: 2 Year: 2016

A Visual Arts Curriculum based on using Recyclable Materials.

Kermit the Frog has often told us, “It’s not easy being green.” In the environmental sense, I don’t believe that’s true and I apply this belief to the Visual Arts curriculum at Mount Eliza North Primary School. This article provides information in regards to implementing an inexpensive year of using recyclable materials in the art room.

Firstly I began by planning and promoting. Mt Eliza North Primary School is an accredited IB PYP School; therefore I based the art curriculum on AusVELS ‘The Arts’ Domain and the Transdisciplinary Theme of ‘How We Express Ourselves’. The Central Idea being, ‘Art can be made from recycled and sustainable materials using a variety of art techniques and skills.’ Ideas for art activities came from internet research, prior knowledge and a Zart Recycled Art PD. I divided 2015 into units of inquiry involving specific materials and skills.

Keeping the school community informed and promoting the Visual Arts Program was imperative to the year’s success. I made requests via the school newsletter or website and was ‘blown away’ by the community’s generosity when it came to collecting and donating recyclable materials. There were at least two thousand plastic bottles donated.
Overall the students were engaged in the process. They made further connections by creating recycled artwork at home and developed greater awareness of environmental issues such as landfills. I hope this article inspires any Specialist Art Teachers interested, to ‘give it a go’.

Cindy Minogue
Art Teacher
Mount Eliza North Primary School

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