Recycled Animal Art

By The Arty Teacher - January 22, 2022

Art teachers continue to find exciting and innovative ways to make contextual links to artists.  The recycled animal art below, created by the students of art teacher Rachael Hughes and teaching assistant Lowri Hoddinott, was inspired by the artist J. Vincent Scarpace.  If you’re looking for a new recycled art project, this just might be it.

I got in touch with Rachael Hughes to find out more.

Recyled Crocodile

She told me that the theme students were exploring was ‘Environment’.

“We thought it was important to teach the pupils about their carbon footprint and that there is a better use for these items than landfill.” 

Recycled Cockerel

Scrap materials were collected from various sources including items donated by other members of staff.  This massive community effort involved using social media to source items.  This was a big effort, but you can see that it has paid off.

Recycled Animal Art

The Process of Creating Recycled Animal Art

  1. The pupils scavenged to find items that would make up the shapes of their chosen fish, bug etc.

2. Images were roughly sketched onto MDF board.

3. Items were glued to the board with a glue gun.

4. The artwork was sprayed with spray paint.

5. Lastly, details and patterns were added using acrylics.

Before it is spray painted

Rachael told me that the pupils worked on these over a 3 week period. The school is a PRU so the classes are smaller more frequent.

A PRU is a type of school that caters for children who aren’t able to attend a mainstream school. Pupils are often referred there if they need greater care and support than their school can provide.

The Teachers example of Recycled Animal Art
This was Rachael’s example.
work in progress
It is interesting to one which is sprayed but doesn’t yet have the detail added.

“We are planning a beachcombing outing with pupils. This project will be of interest to teachers who have a keen interest in recycling, reusing scrap materials.” said Rachael.

Below are the artworks once they have been sprayed and had detail added with acrylic.

Recycled Animal Art
Recycled Animal Art
Recycled Animal Art

What an amazing project! I just love it.  If you enjoyed ‘Recycled Animal Art’ and would like to be kept up to date with art teacher blog posts click on the image below.  You will also be able to download 3 of my free resources each month too.

Further reading:

What is a Pru?

Techniques and Processes on The Arty Teacher

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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