RAFT Activity Kit: Static Merry-go-Round

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Do your bit for the environment with recycled art!

Recycle your materials into origami picture frames or
greeting cards!
“Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Repurpose.” – One can learn so much about the environment while doing creative art projects from repurposed materials and offerings from Mother Nature! Fabric swatches, newspapers, plastics and other materials can be saved from the dump yard and converted into innovative gifts like fabric swatch notepads and origami picture frames.

Celebrating the National Environment week, Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) Redwood City is conducting a ‘Great Ideas for Creating Re-purposed Gifts’ workshop this weekend. Instructors Monica Lee and Dorothy Yuki, share their passion of using recycled and repurposed materials to create art from colored paper, plaster, tile, shells, beads, wood and many others!

Monica who teaches craft workshops all over the Bay Area reflects, “On a practical level the materials we use are usually low cost or free to everyone. It opens the students’ mind to seeing everyday objects turned into art or usable item of value other than their original intent. It promotes recycling and repurposing and getting students to look ‘outside the box’ a little.”

Dorothy Yuki is a retired design and production consultant to the fashion industry in the Bay Area while Monica Lee has been a professional photographer for 30 years. Together they joined forces to communicate their passion for recycled art to everyone through workshops in places like RAFT, FabMo and SCRAP.

In the upcoming workshop at RAFT, members and educators can teach their students the importance of recycling, keeping waste out of landfills and also encourage creativity, and critical thinking. Do you want to increase environmental awareness in your student? Sign up now for the workshop!

Do you have ideas for recycling materials into works of art? Please comment below.

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