Wednesday, February 23, 2011

go green and get creative

Open-ended art projects encourage kids to put their imaginations to the test.  And using re-purposed materials to create art is an environmentally-friendly way to inspire creative thinking and problem solving!   Re-purposed materials can be things you find around the house...corks, old magazines, toilet paper rolls, cans, bottles, scraps of wrapping paper, bottle caps, golf tees, buttons, extra coat hangers, etc.  Working with these materials challenges kids to think outside the box.  How can I use corks to make eyes?  How can I make hair out of a coat hanger?  It's fun to see what kids come up with when they're given the freedom to create with non-traditional media.

If you're the anti-hoarder and don't have much to use around the house, you're in luck!  The bay area has several cool centers that sell used and re-purposed materials perfect for your child's next masterpiece.  These centers are great for parents looking to create a home art studio or teachers who want to introduce new(ish) materials to their students.  Some of them have educational programs, as well!  Check out their websites for more info:
RAFT  (Redwood City)
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA 94065
(650) 802-5505

RAFT  (San Jose)
1355 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 451-1420
4695 Telegraph Avenue (@ 47th Street)
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 547-6470

801 Toland at Newcomb 
San Francisco, CA 94124 
(415) 647-1746  

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