Visual Arts Planning: Cardboard and Paper

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AccessArt is looking at the life-cycle of materials and aims to lower the environmental impact of the activities we’re encouraging.

AccessArt believes that children need to learn hand-skills and how to manipulate materials, but also recognises that as educators, we have to mindful of how we dispose of the materials that we use.

To avoid creating unnecessary land-fill, we are exploring how we might, in some instances, limit ourselves to one, recyclable material, at a time; making the finished object/work-of-art easy to be re-cycled when it has reached the end of its life.

Here are a selection of AccessArt posts to help you explore cardboard.

Please feel free to add links to other resources, or share your experiences and ideas, via the comments box below.

Thinking Three Dimensionally with Cardboard

Cardboard is a flexible, versatile and cheap material to use to explore sculptural ideas. Staff at Ridgefield Primary School explore making cardboard sculptures during a staff training day. Read More

Inspired by Miro – Collage, Automatic Drawing, & Sculpture

Year 5 pupils worked in cardboard inspired by the work of artist Joan Miro. Read More

40 Minute Cardboard and Double-Sided Sticky Tape Engineering Challenge

This workshop was all about getting year three and four pupils to think about the biggest challenge for any maker: how to make something stand up. Read More

My House – A Cardboard Construction Project

Transforming an ordinary, everyday material into an extraordinary object. These autobiographical architectural sculptures use corrugated cardboard, laid in strips on their side, to create sculptures designed to be peered in to! Read More

Kinetic Mobile Sculpture Workshop with Laura Kohler

D&T teacher Laura Kohler introduces the concept of kinetic mobile and demonstrates how simple cardboard shapes can be suspended with dowel and thread. Read More

The Cardboard Project by Andee Collard

Artist and teacher Andee Collard sets a challenge to his D&T students, at Welling School, to make a cardboard structure to hold a 1KG weight. Read More

Layers in the Landscape by Emma Davies

Artist Educator Emma Davies shares an inspirational resource, to enable students to interpret the landscape through the construction of colourful, shallow relief, cardboard sculptures. Read More

Transformation Project: Cardboard and…

Artist Andrea Butler uses cardboard and jewellery to explore a simple design and construction exercise, working within the limitations of a right angle. Read More

Paperback Figures: Collaged, Relief Sculptures

Artist Andrea Butler makes use of second-hand books as creative material. Read More

3D Drawing with Paper: Texture – Surface – Structure

Artist Andrea Butler leads teenage students on paper sculpture workshop. Read More

Priscilla the Puffin: Make a Simple Bird Mobile

Artist Nicola McGovern was one of the artists who generously donated an artwork to the AccessArt Share-a-Bird Project. She sent a mobile of a puffin and included a template so that the children who received her bird could have fun making a whole flock of puffins. Read More

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