A Wealth of Materials in Scrapstores

AccessArt believes in the power of making and the transformation and investigation of materials as an important and essential part of learning across disciplines and subjects, from art to science and beyond.


Many schools have found that scrapstores offer a treasure trove of recycled materials that can create real opportunities for learning and exploration in the classroom and our own visits to local scrapstores in Herts and Cambridgeshire have provided AccessArt with an exciting variety of media that has stimulated many ideas for several successful workshops.

a wealth of materials


To find a scrapstore near you, have a look at Reuseful UK.



We hope that the resources below will inspire you to discover, explore, up-cycle and re-create….

printmaking with salvaged sticky back aluminium foil, mixed media and cardboard

Make a sketchbook, an ideas book or a travel journal this summer!

pattern and collage a whole school workshop at monkfield primary school

Sculptural Birds in Flight by Teenage Makers

Articulated and Animated Drawings by Teenagers at AccessArt’s Experimental Drawing Class

A Model Studio by Susie Olczak

Making Sea Sculptures at Culford School, Suffolk

Inspired by Joseph Cornell: Making a Decorative Aviary Box

Brave Young Makers: Year Three Pupils at Ridgefield Primary Transform materials into Birds and Insects