Friday, March 9, 2012

Students Create Re-cycled Art


Art students at Eisenhower Middle School are turning re-cycled materials into beautiful art. Instructor Sean O’Callaghan was asked if a guest artist at the Mulvane Art Museum could do an activity with his kids. Having previously worked at the Mulvane Museum, he said yes. “Her idea was to use re-cycled materials and make art, help save the environment and make something beautiful at the same time,” said O’Callaghan.

For two days this week, Ohio artist Michelle Stitzlein spent time with the Eisenhower art students to use plastic bottle caps to create a work of art. “I go into schools and we work with plastic bottle caps. They are free, plentiful and they are colorful. Ninety percent of the bottle caps are not re-cycled, so they end up in the landfill. We use the caps in a creative way,” said Stitzlein. Eighth grade student Maura Mossat is enjoying the project. “It is extremely fun and definitely one of the most exciting we have done all year.”

The students have created colorful butterflies, flowers and frogs from plastic bottle caps on pre-painted boards. The boards will later be fitted together to form the shape of Kansas. Once it is finished, the art piece will be put on display at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University.