Occasionally my mother and I get to do something a little different to willow sculpture and craft. A workshop idea that was created by my clever and super talented Mummy, Sara is our Recycled Robots workshop. I absolutely love getting stuck into these workshops. They aren’t very frequent, but they should be ‘cos they’re just so freaking COOL and plus its always a bonus being able to see the reaction on the students and teachers faces once all the work is done.
The first part of the workshop is getting the students to attach the bottles and other plastics to their steel frames. The steel frames are put together by my mother before hand. After having done a few of these workshops, we’ve come to realize that gaffa tape is the best option for getting the plastics to stay in place. Gaffa tape is also a good option because it’s black in colour and once all the plastics are in place students can then begin to lightly coat everything in black emulsion paint.
This particular workshop was in a high school based in Sutton, Surrey with year 7, 8 and 9 students. This workshop was part of a project aimed to increase awareness of recycling and waste. Prior to the workshop date, we asked the school if the pupils could collect as much recycling as possible so we had enough recyclables to work with.
Once the black emulsion has been applied to all the plastic recyclables we then wait for it to dry. During this stage, it’s important to try and cover as much of the plastic with the black paint as possible so no clear plastic is shining through. If however you’ve completely over done it with the paint, like some of the over enthusiastic students in my group did then it will take slightly longer to dry.
Lastly, when the black paint is dry we can now add some final touches… silver paint ! This is the stage I love as each sculpture really begins to come to life and starts to look more robotic. Less is definatley more when applying the silver paint and there is a tendency to go over board with this part, so we always make sure the students or people taking part are aware of this. Make sure when applying the silver paint to apply the paint to the edges using some old sponges. Below are some pics of some of the finished robot sculptures. The students in this school workshop were all really pleased with each of sculpture and to top it off were all a really lovely bunch to work with.
Fun recycled art projects you can do with your children at home
Have you tried embarking on a recycled art activity of your own ? would you like to but unsure where to start ? Well there really isn’t that much thought required. All you need is some recycled rubbish (obviously not glass!) some sellotape, scissors, glue and anything else you can find in the craft cupboard!
When i’m thinking of new and inventive ways to get creative with my little one, I try to go with the least costly option and find ways of creating stuff that wont cost me money or involve a trip to the shops! Being resourceful with what we already have and creating something out of nothing is exciting & innovative, plus it keeps my little man happy and engaged… and for quite a while!
As well as getting to stick all the bits and pieces together and developing his fine motor skills, Jesse gets to practice his scissor cutting, painting skills and we chat about all the different shapes, sizes and colours of each piece whilst creating stories about our new ‘robotic’ addition.
If your looking for something fun and free to do with your kids that gets their brain ticking and creative juices flowing then look no further than your own recycled trash for ideas an inspiration! You’ll be amazed at what you and your little ones might produce!