This week in the Studio, friends began working with recycled materials, also known as Beautiful Junk! Many people in the CCPCS community have been donating materials to the Studio over the past few weeks and we were very excited to sort, build and create with these open ended objects. Thanks to everyone that has donated to us… and please continue to drop off materials in the bins in front of the Studio! Within the next couple weeks, the bins will be clearly labeled so families will know where specific materials go :)
What is Beautiful Junk?
Daniel: Instead of throwing it in the trash, you keep it and think it’s beautiful so you turn it into something new.
Jose: Junk means like a junk yard. Like trash. Beautiful means like it looks nice. It’s beautiful trash.
Noah: It’s for you to get stuff to build like a human, or a mouse, or a house.
Mae: Junk is something that’s empty that you can use. You can make things with it but don’t break it.
Florentina: Beautiful Junk is the most beautiful things in the world.
Mouhammadou: I like this Beautiful Junk. It’s not stinky.
Roman: This is stuff for you to do your projects with.
Kofi: Beautiful Junk is things that people didn’t want to use that we can use for materials. They put them in the box.
Abdoul: It’s recycled. Then we can use it again. They’re good.
Rayyan: Junk is like ew.
Once we talked about exactly what Beautiful Junk was, it was time to get to work! Friends collaged and sculpted with the materials, while others were interested in sorting similar materials together.
Luke: I found more bottle caps. I’ll put them with the ones Daniel found.
Garumma: I’m making something. It’s a tractor that’s driving a tiger. The tiger needs a blanket. Cardboard is a paper from paper towels. It’s hard to cut. It’s not hard to cut fabric. I’m going back to my project now.
Marley: These are so soft. Soft like a soft part.
Jose: If you snore so loud, you can put those (corks) in your ears.
Adrian: This is for closing things like bread.
Zuri: This is like a collection.
Abdoulaye: One time I used Beautiful Junk to make a skateboard. I used tops for wheels. I used an egg carton for the board.
Alberto: If you see things that are the same you can put them together. It’s like if you need some spare parts for your project, you can find them together.
Josie: Perfect, I found just what I was looking for.
Maia: That (yarn) looks like rope for a cowboy!
Maceo: I know I used Beautiful Junk to make a plane, and then I broke it and made it into a barn.
Andres: Did the eggs hatch? Where the eggs?
“The Helicopters” by Angel
“The Great Wall of China” by Alberto
Finally, we had a very special guest join us in the Studio today! My dad came by and spent the morning making sculptures with us! Friends were so excited to meet him and to learn that he was also an art teacher, just like me :)