Earth Day Art

After 18 hours of hammering and screwing plastic bottle tops, (my hands are tired and in need of some serious after-care), this Earth Day Art project is finally finished.

Called Plastic Earth, it will hopefully raise more awareness of Plastic Pollution and the effects it is having on our beautiful planet.

Being a part of this Home Education Earth Day Project at Weston Museum, has been a 3 month voluntary commitment. Whilst learning a lot about the importance of using less, little or no plastic to the devasting consequences to our World.

The children from the Weston Home-Ed Group encountered numerous educational workshop sessions including what our ancestors left behind and hands-on learning from a real Bee-Keeper which was both interesting and captivating.

My role was to provide a rolling artistic approach during each session, helping the children understand the processes of designing, planning and creating a piece of art. I gave each child the opportunity to take part in the creation of the art installation.

I designed an overall sketch of a landscape scene, demonstrated what circles of colour can look like and they practiced a variety of drawings using circles in various colours.

We made fish using plastic bottles and a collection of plastic items found around the home.

I also showcased and demonstrated other crafty creations to fuel their creativity, such as flower-making using plastic carrier bags and miniature birdhouses using plastic bottles.

Before starting the installation, the plastic bottle tops were collected and washed. Holes were then punched into the tops using a hammer and bradle (on a block of old wood to prevent damage to the table) They were then sorted into colours and stored over the duration until we were ready to begin the final process. The final preparation being a rough sketch onto a prepped wooden framed stand.

Each child had a go at hammering a hole into the wood using the hole in the bottle top as a guide. They then helped to screw the top using a small cordless screwdriver. I then continued with the project and over 1500 bottle tops later, I finally finished.

The children’s workbooks and art installation will be exhibited on Earth Day (22 April 2019) at Weston Museum, Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare. ‘Plastic Earth‘ will continue to be exhibited after the Home-ed Earth Day Exhibition.

Special thanks to Weston Museum for their patience with the noise from the hammer and screwdriver, the in-house Clara’s Cafe, Uphill wharf Cafe Bar (Uphill) & Cafe Vita (Hutton Moor Leisure Centre) for collecting what must have seemed like tonnes of bottle tops and friends and family too. And finally many, many thanks to all of the Home-ed children who contributed to this amazing project, especially my own boys Xavi and Reuben who helped with a LOT of the preparation at home and in the studio.

FACTS

  • Coca Cola bottles are 100% recyclable.
  • Some plastics can take up to 500 years to decompose.
  • Recycling saves energy consumption and therefore conserves the environment.
  • Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the ocean.
  • Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches.

LINKS:

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

Plastic Pollution – Facts and Figures

Home Page

https://www.wharfcafebar.co.uk/

http://www.leisurecentre.com/hutton-moor-leisure-centre

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