Recycled Aluminum Cans in the style of Didier Triglia

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 🙂

Bailey L.

Bailey L.

Kaleigh C.

Kaleigh C.

Michael M.

Michael M.

Gabriel G.

Gabriel G.

August V.

August V.

Collin F.

Collin F.

Tayloranne W.

Tayloranne W.

Connor B.

Connor B.

Davis M.

Davis M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at http://www.shadyoak.net/ and http://www.shadyoakprimary.com/ to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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2 Responses to Recycled Aluminum Cans in the style of Didier Triglia

  1. Miss K. says:

    Hi,
    I am a teacher of a class of 7-8 year old students in New Zealand. I am very keen to do this art with my students but when I tried it in the past I couldn’t get the hot glue to stick the can to the cardboard. Also, the paint flaked off. Did you have either of these problems? If so, how did you solve them?
    I think your students’ art work is lovely – very creative and colourful.
    Hope to hear from you,
    Miss K.

    • Hi, I had the students paint more than one coat of acrylic paint on the cans and using a strong adhesive like gorilla glue might be a better option than hot glue. Hope this helps.
      Stephanie

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