Recycled Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is recycled art and how can it be created? This lesson plan delves into this concept through the use of a text lesson. An activity challenges students to create recycled art with a fun twist.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'recycled art'
  • summarize the history of recycled art
  • discuss some well-known artists who dabbled in recycled art

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Materials

  • Printed copies of the text lesson Recycled Art: History & Materials
  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated text lesson
  • A cardboard box full of various used objects from small to large (e.g. empty food containers, sponges and brushes, old clothing and accessories, empty ink cartridges and office supplies and so on)
  • A die
  • Scissors
  • Paper in assorted types and colors
  • Glue
  • Non-toxic paints
  • Paintbrushes

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