Teaching about Environment through Recycling Art and Trash Art

By Panayota (Pani) Stathopoulou, Konstantina Bolieraki and Marina Maravelaki.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Environmental crisis has been a challenge for both artists and art-educators from the last century till now. “Trash” became the symbol or our consumption society. Super-production leads to super-consumption= supermarkets, and their negative effects on nature and natural resources. The report presents how the students learned about these problems through Art. It is an Art based program of Environmental Education, where students created some artworks made by “re-cycled” and “re-used” material. This program helped them to understand the real meaning of these words, in theory and practice, in order to “re-think” and “reduce”! They also learned how to express themselves through various forms of art (theater, writing, painting and sculpture). At the end, they organized a festival to expose the results of their artworks. Environmental Education through Art, gives the opportunity to the students and the teachers for renovator forms of activities. These activities may help them to realize the connection between art and sustainability. The report is also an investigation about what the students can do, if we want them to be creative and communicative. It is trying to give a different approach, of how they can overcome pessimism and apathy that is usually caused by the environmental problems.

Keywords: Art, Environment, Education, Recycle, Reduce, Trash

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1021.355KB).

Dr. Panayota (Pani) Stathopoulou

Researcher and Educator, Center of Environmental Education, Faculty of Philosophy, Education, Psychology, University of Athens, Greece

Art educator, Dr. of Philosophy, and researcher from 2000 on “Art and Environment” Education theory and practice and design of audiovisual teaching mediums.

Konstantina Bolieraki

Art Educator, Public Education, Art School of Athens, Greece

Art Educator, Painter, Mosaic Specialist Master of Education, School of Architecture, University of Athens, Greece B.F.A of Painting, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece.

Marina Maravelaki

Art Educator, Public Education, Art School of Athens, Greece

Art Educator and Printmaker. Master of Art Education, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA. Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA. Master Printer Certification, Tamaind Institute, New Mexico University, Albuquerque, NM, USA. B.F.A. in Printmaking, Athens School of Fine Arts, Greece. B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels, Belgium.

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