Young environmentalists make art to reduce waste!

AWESOME Arts | 17-Nov-2021
Students at Onslow Primary School took part in a 2021 Creative Challenge residency and made dynamic art from recycled materials.
Young environmentalists make art to reduce waste!
Onslow students and Charlotte O'Shea making a device to help remove plastic waste from the ocean.
AWESOME Artists Charlotte and Kero O’Shea visited Onslow Primary School on the lands of the Thalanji People for a two-week Creative Challenge. The 2021 Creative Challenge theme of ‘Gathering’ was explored through a series of projects with a passionate focus on environmental conservation! This residency was proudly supported by BHP.

Students participated in child-led projects using techniques including upcycling, film making, story design, scripting, set making, collage, narration, and Papier-mâché with the mission to reduce the impact of soft plastic waste on our oceans.

The year 4s and 5s made fish puppets from recycled materials and from these developed and created a short film titled Save Our Fish. The heart-warming film was an animated short depicting a young fish seeking help from others to save the ocean from pollution.

The year 5s and 6s designed and made sea creature inspired helmets decorated using collage. This group also planned, executed and recorded an interview with the Acting Principal Mr Yates discussing the problem of soft plastic pollution.

Finally, the high school students collaborated to innovate three new methods of removing plastic waste from the ocean using wire, cardboard and other craft materials. They then scripted, planned and filmed a one-minute documentary about their device to present to the school which they partnered with an in-person presentation also of their creation!

For their final celebration, the students got up on stage during a whole-school assembly to proudly show their works and talk about their process working on the projects as well as their environmental mission.

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