Make Earth Friendly Art Using Recycled Materials!!You and your child can easily make beautiful earth friendly art using recycled materials found around the home! Read my description of how I created my "Celebrate Earth Day" Poster! Then let your imagination flow! Gather materials you can recycle from around your home!
Old artwork your child has made that can be cut up and re-used. Old letters, junk mail, brightly colored food wrappers, cardboard packaging, used stamps, coffee sleeves, boxes, used wrapping paper, and wrapping paper tubes can be used for collages and sculptures. Go on an Art Walk and look for twigs, leaves, flower petals, feathers, and whatever unexpected treasures you might find!
Cut photographs from magazines to add to your collage, or even turn the page upside down and find patches of color that you can use to make other things, like a portrait, a picture of the earth, or animals. Can that patch of red be cut up for petals on a flower? That crazy chartreuse color would be awesome as feathers on my tropical bird!
Draw pictures on brown paper grocery bags turned inside out, paint right on newspaper, or use the inside of a cut up cereal box for free re-useable cardboard. Cut your pictures out and paste to your art!
I challenge you to create your own poster, collage, art or sculpture! Can't wait to see what you can do! Take a photo with your poster or other earth friendly artwork and email it to me so I can share it here! Email me at email@example.com
Free and Green Earth Day Art Projects for Kids!
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Share your "Free and Green" Earth Day Art Projects for Kids!
Let’s all share some great ideas for the month of April to celebrate Earth Day! Please share your earth friendly ideasfor making art with children! Describe your art project in detail under “comments” or you can always email me firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your name(s), city, state and country. Everyone who contributes an idea will receive free digital art download of my "Celebrate Earth Day" poster to print out, and a small jpeg that you can use on your website or blog to celebrate Earth Day, plus will receive an entry for my framed fine art print giveaway. Photos of finished projects are encouraged!! (Plus earn additional entries into the giveaway!) See “Free and Green” post for details!
Please check back throughout the month of April to read all the Earth Day Projects!!
More Earth Day Art Activities!!
Throughout April I will be uploading PDF downloads of more Earth Day Activities!!
It's never too early to start celebrating Earth Day! I wish we would treasure the earth all year round! But at least we can gear up and start celebrating early!
This year I am proud to be partnering up with some amazing women to create a wonderful site to celebrate Earth Day with children! Check out my post: "1000 Ways to Love the Earth"
The art for my “Celebrate Earth Day” Poster was create in the square format as a CD cover for my good friend and children's world music artist Daria’s new earth friendly CD “Daria Sings for Earth Day”. After it was finished, I altered the art to create our "Celebrate Earth Day" Poster!
I tried something a little new. I wanted the art to have a natural collage feel, yet still use my children around the world image. Here is the process as it evolved. I started by creating the background “collage” by scanning bits of paper collected in my treasure box of interesting stuff for art journaling! Crumpled brown packaging paper becomes my background. A coffee sleeve turned inside out becomes the border. Cream netting from a deteriorated vintage book, overlaps a scrap of bright green handmade paper, and ridged textured material, from the same vintage book, is put into the collage. A pink scrap of handmade Japanese paper becomes my hearts and trim. Bits and pieces of other recycled brown papers and all the pink and green poster border is copied and pasted many times from those tiny scraps to create the borders and lettering! The earth elements are from photographs, the starfish from a trip to Monterey, California, a seashell from Santa Barbara, and the leaf and flower from my back yard. Even the art, my "Children Around the World", was reworked, recycled and reused for this piece. I used digital manipulation keeping the elements on different layers in Photoshop C3 to move around and play with. The Earth is a new piece I painted on my IPAD, on the “Artrage” drawing and painting application, using a "pastel" paintbrush. I then emailed this art to my laptop, and opened in Photoshop and added it to the composition. What a fun way to work, using these materials over and over!