Teaching about Environment through Recycling Art and Trash Art

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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
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , , , , Teaching about Environment through Recycling Art and Trash Art

Dr. Panayota (Pani) Stathopoulou

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


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

Teacher, Public Education, Arts High School of Geraka

Art Educator and Painter, Master of Polytechnic University of Athens, Greece

Marina Maravelaki

Teacher, Public Education, Arts High School of Geraka

Art Educator, Painter, Master of Teaching Fine Arts, University of Boston, USA - Master of Fine Arts, University of New Orleans, USA

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