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!

Thrones of an Enchanted Land summer camp at Montalvo

June 22-26 at the Barn Studio, Montalvo Arts Center.
It was a great week spent in a wonderful setting, with the Thrones camp in the morning, Art Trek camp in the afternoon. I did this camp for the first time this year. I had collected some chairs through Craig’s list and FreeCycle and the campers each had one. The material for this camp is not complicated: chairs, lots of wire, newspapers and white liquid glue, paint. The camp was amazingly calm, it was not too hot and the campers worked very well in the time frame they had (3 hours per day). The transformation of the chairs was great to watch. I had helpers including my son Milo and it was very much needed as two of the chairs were large stools and took along time to cover with the newspapers. Also there was some power tools work involved and the campers were not doing it. I love the result and the collection of thrones the campers came up with.

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:

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.