April 22, 2013 is Earth day! To celebrate this day the 2nd/3rd grade class worked on a project that used a recycled object, a crushed, aluminum can. The cans and background were decorated in the style of the French artist, Didier Triglia. http://www.thesmartteacher.com/exchange/resource/328/Didier-Triglia-Head-Cans
The first step was to create a ‘frame’ for the aluminum can. Each student selected a colored piece of construction paper. They drew an inner line around the shape of the can and an outer line close to the edges of the paper. They then drew a simple design insde these two lines and using no more than 5 colors, painted these areas with acrylic paint. The next stage was to produce a three dimensional effect by adding dots wth puffy paint along some of the lines.
It was now time to paint their aluminum cans. Each can had been crushed. The bottom of the can was crushed to face upwards and was to be used for the mouth and the top of the can was hidden underneath. Students were instructed to paint their cans like a face. Eyes, nose and a mouth were the central features and these were painted with acrylic paints and highlighted with puffy paint dots. These wonderful pieces of art work resemble African, tribal masks. I love that something as simple as aluminum can be recycled to make a stunning piece of art. Great job 2nd/3rd grade 🙂