June 

 Recycled Art Month 

Making art out of recycled materials is a great way to get creative while helping the planet. Recycling not only reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerator, but also conserves natural resources, prevents pollution, and saves energy. Making art out of discarded items is a fun way to express creativity and raise awareness. 

 WEEK 1: 

Research some ideas of art pieces that interest you. Search on the internet, Pinterest, or Instagram hashtags for ideas! Use keywords such as: "recycled art projects" or "recycled art sculptures". Below are some links with inspiration/ideas/

Skateboard Art

 WEEK 2: 

Now that you have some ideas, star collecting items that could potentially become art! Any recycled items can be used just make sure that they're washed first. If you are having trouble coming up with items to use, try picking an issue that you are particularly interested or passionate about. For example, if you are concerned about sea turtles eating plastic bags floating in the ocean and becoming sick, you might incorporate plastic bags into your art piece. 

Recycling Bottles

Some items you might use: 

-aluminum cans

-bottle caps

-damaged books

-magazines/newspapers

-toilet/paper towel rolls

-plastic containers

-reusable bags

 WEEK 3: 

Start making your art piece! If you already have a vision in mind of what you want to make go for it. If you're not sure play around with how your recycled items could fit together,  or maybe look back at some of the ideas. Remember there's no "right way" to create art.

Arts & Crafts

 WEEK 4: 

Organic Vegetable Farm

Admire your work! Hopefully you've realized that making art out of recycled materials is a fun way to help the planet. If you like, you can continue to create recycled art pieces.

Check out these artists that use recycled materials in there art!

  • Lin Evola-Smidt

  • Michelle Reader

  • Yuken Teruya

  • Wim Delvoye

  • Rodney McCoubrey

 Tag us in your posts @dearearthteam when participating in the challenges!