REDUCE...... REUSE ........RECYCLE
Practicing these activities in art can be fun while it helps to create a healthy environment.
As an art teacher I constantly am trying to instill in my students the old adage, Waste not Want not, or giving new life to old goods. While trying as often as possible to re-use materials, I planned a project for my second and third graders in the wood shop to build lamps, based on the artwork of Louise Nevelson. The children investigate New York during Social studies, therefore, in art class I introduce them to the art of Louise Nevelson. I explain that, as a young artist , Nevelson studied at The Art Student's League of New York, one of the nations oldest art institutions. Her early work consisted of found objects, often pieces of wood that she picked up on the street and assembled into sculptures.
My students project is to create a functional, low cost piece of artwork that embraces our theme of Reduce/Reuse/Recycle.
Finally when the glue has dried and the wine bottle is as "invisible"as possible, paint entire surface if wood, not metal lamp fixture, with Minwax Polycrylic protective finish. (I use minwax with my students because it is water base, non toxic and easy to clean brushes afterwards)
*Any clear finish works. Another option is to have the students paint the lamp using acrylic paint. I personally appreciate the look of the natural wood.
As an extension of this project my children make lamp shades and the colorful accents they use on the shade, nicely accent the look of the natural wooden lamp.
The hand made lamp shade is another project!