Subjects: Art

BeMED 15. Creating a Collage from Plastic Waste to Reduce Plastics in the Marine Environment

Title Creating a Collage from Plastic Waste to Reduce Plastics in the Marine Environment Author Lino Xerri Age Guide Year 7 Subject Area Art Preparation Time Preparation of a large cardboard to support the collage with the students’ works. Estimated Duration 90 minutes Site If lesson is held out of class, the hot glue gun is to be portable and images of marine life are to be projected in a different way instead from an interactive board. Educational objectives Learning to express creatively one’s ideas Learn how to fight against marine pollution by reusing Develop technical skills of plastic sculpture Learning Outcomes – I can investigate, observe and gather data information about my environment. – I can demonstrate and discuss the developments in my work as I gain new techniques, skills and confidence with 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional media. – I can justify the importance of identifying problems, reflecting critically, thinking creatively and having a wider vision in order to plan for the future and become an effective agent of change. – I have a future-oriented perspective for how I live my life as a citizen of the world. Link to SDGs SDG 14: Life below water Educational resources required Plastic bottles, craft knife, permanent marker, hot glue gun, round-edged scissors, paint brushes, palettes, watercolour paints, interactive board. Appendix 15.1 – Sea Creatures Remote preparation Students will research and document by producing sketches and photocopies of marine creatures. Planning Considerations Working with plastic as a medium requires the use of round-edged scissors and a craft knife. Teacher supervision must be constant and the student per teacher ratio must be adequate. Method Introduction Discussion about the importance of keeping the sea clean, especially closed basins like the Mediterranean, is highlighted. The beauty of the sea that surrounds our islands and about the creatures that live in it must be a positive keynote to mention. The teacher shows images of sea creatures (Appendix 15.1) and helps students observe the shapes, lines and colours perceived in the images. Teacher gives a demonstration on how to draw a fish on a plastic bottle using a permanent marker and how to cut it out. Development Students are grouped in teams so that although they work on an individual piece, peer suggestions and help are still considered. They use a permanent marker to draw fish, seahorses, shells, seaweed and other marine creatures on plastic bottles and other plastic items they have brought with them. Using scissoring skills and with the help of the teacher, they cut out the figures they drew using a rounded-edge scissors and craft knife. Students paint the back of the plastic figures using bright watercolours to obtain a translucent effect. They are instructed to observe the shapes, lines and colours of the marine creatures they have researched and documented beforehand in the remote preparation for this lesson. Students affix the figures using hot glue on a pre-prepared cardboard in order that all the student’s creations are displayed as a large collective collage of an …