Here are two really great sculpture lessons I did with my 8th grade students. You can also view more of my students' fabulous artwork at:
Nothing goes to waste in my classroom! Outside my room is a box with a list of recycled materials I can use. Once a week the box is cleaned out and sorted by material. Baby food jars hold paint & glue, cardboard boxes get turned into sketchbook covers, cardboard tubes into puppets, and (of course) plastic bags get fused!
Prior to making these recycleable trees, student collected materials such as plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, chip bags, cookie wrappers, plastic bags, shredded paper and anything else they could find in the trash. Then using an inverted tomato fence and chicken wire they built a frame for their tree and covered it with bark. Various materials such as food boxes, cardboard, and brown bags were used for the bark. Branches were also added to the tree. Students came up with very inventive ideas for the branches ranging from plastic straws, plastic bags, and cardboard tubes. The trees took a few weeks to build but it was worth the time!