Schools Going Green Workshop, Sunnyvale & Cupertino

I was invited by Jackie Davison, Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Environmental Services Department in Sunnyvale to teach a workshop for middle school and high school students at Fair Oaks Park. I brought some trash collected on the beach in Santa Cruz and trash collected during a coastal cleanup. Jackie Davison brought trash collected around the schools.

The students who came are organizing School Go Green clubs in their schools, which is really awesome! They are interested in techniques to spread the word about recycling, consuming less plastic.

I proposed to them a technique they can apply to posters (image + message).

– Students work on a flexible composition with elements – in this case trash (no glue)
– they take a photo
– they upload the photo in  the app. PicCollage (free) and add text
– they save the version of the poster
– they can change the composition and/or the text and save another version of their poster, etc.
It is a great exercise, where multiple versions can be save, elements and text can be changed. The posters can be share on social media.

I am interested to further this collaboration and teach this workshop on campus with these awesome motivated students!

ARTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM 2015 13th Annual Teachers Conference at Montalvo Arts Center

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This is the second time I am participating in the ARTS IN YOUR CLASSROOM, the Annual Teachers Conference at Montalvo Arts Center.

This year I am presenting a Design Thinking workshop: Making a Toy from Recycled Material. The handout for teachers is here: http://bit.ly/1z2rFRY

I did this workshop with a combo class 4th and 5th grade recently and the photos taken during the project are here. The project is adaptable for upper and lower grades.

 

Making a toy with recycled materials, design thinking 4th and 5th grade

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For this project, I had the pleasure to work with two great teachers and their classes at Cumberland Elementary: Nathalie Faure and Stacie Rodriguez. The exercise is done through 3 sessions. The details of the lessons are here: http://bit.ly/1z2rFRY
Photos: Francis Estrand-Cartier