Tag: recycled art

New Chimes for Change Program at Larchmont

We are very excited to announce a new Chimes for Change program will begin at Larchmont High School in January. This fall and winter we have been reviewing feedback from our pilot Chimes for Change program, applying what we learned to planning the new one, and we’re making some exciting changes and additions to the curriculum as a result!

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Some new features include:

–New learning outcomes: besides sustainable design/building, music composition and sound recording, participants will also learn digital mapping, the physics of sound and science of materials.

–Students will work with several different artist mentors, each one an experts in his/her chosen field. Public art, music, engineering, science and civic outreach will all be taught by working professionals.

–We also hope to also design and build a display for the chimes that becomes a replicable interactive sustainability learning tool to directly address the needs of schools and communities.

–New Partners! Thanks to LUSH Cosmetics, SKIES, Larchmont High School and Gabba Gabba Gallery for supporting and collaborating with us on this project.

Stay tuned for more info soon!

Chimes Planning Meeting, November 2016
Chimes Planning Meeting, November 2016

 

Matching Funds for Chimes for Change!

 

Hi Everyone!

We just wanted to send a quick update about our summer activities. We’re working on fundraising and gathering materials for a new Chimes for Change program in the fall.

Chimes for Change is an education, multi-media experiences that teaches students both visual and audio art skills. We are so exciting to be offering this program again to new students!

Please consider donating to help us bring this program to fruition this fall!

We’re also doing summery things like swimming in rivers, going to the beach, hiking in the mountains and visiting our friends and family, and we encourage you to do the same! There is nothing more revitalizing than being in nature with the people you love.

Here’s hoping you’re all having a wonderful summer – we’ll check back in soon with updates about our upcoming program!

Wild Art Summer Camps with RuckusRoots!

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This summer we had a blast leading some wildlife and art-based workshops with local kids. Based on our middle school-aged program Wild Art, these workshops were geared towards younger kids and held in Northeast LA at Heartbeat House Dance Studio. We taught our participants about local wildlife, like the mountain lion, trout, falcon and monarch butterfly. Then the children got to decorate paper animal templates with fun recycled art supplies and paint. As always, it was a great way to get creative and start the learning process about nature and sustainability for these youngsters!

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Happy Halloween from RuckusRoots!

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We here at RuckusRoots love Halloween….with the emphasis on candy and playing dress up, what’s not to like? October is also our founder’s birthday month, so there’s that. No matter what you do this Halloween, we want to remind you that picking a costume is a perfect opportunity to get creative with “throw away” materials you have lying around the house. Instead of going out and buying a new wig, why not create one out of newspaper, or make jewelry out of spray painted plastic bottles? The options are endless for recycled art this Halloween….let us know what you come up with!

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This week during TRASHformation: Fabric Mache

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Last week saw a lot of progress made in our TRASHformation program at Academia Avance middle school in Highland Park. Since the students had recently learned how to create a small 3D sculptural model, it was now time to think about how we will create the “skin” of our piece. Besides mentoring the students, Rebekah Waites and some very dedicated volunteers (thanks, Doug!) are simultaneously building the large structure. With the overabundance of fabric materials the community donated we thought it best to put those to good use. We introduced the students to a new art method known as “fabric mache”. “Fabric Mache” is in sense very similar to paper mache, it is the cross-stitching of strips of fabric that have been dipped in a solution of glue and water; once dry it becomes a stiff shell that can be painted and/or drilled.

In these upcoming weeks we will begin working towards designing and “stuffing” the interior of the sculpture, ensuring the strength and durability of the bear. We are still searching for a suitable home for this art piece at a Highland Park art gallery. Let us know if you have any leads!

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In Full Swing: TRASHformation in Highland Park


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With our TRASHformation program in full swing at Academia Avance middle school, we decided to push the flow of creativity and excitement by having each student prototype their original sculpture ideas. We did this so each student could gain a greater understanding of the process to creating their own large-scale art piece; from drafting art proposals to making miniature scale models, each student is contributing to and making progress towards our final large-scale sculpture. In our previous class we had each student build the body and form of each work, this week we moved on to painting the exterior with a base coat of white. Soon the students will have their own piece of art to take home, along with the large sculpture, which we will display in the community.

With the miniature projects nearly done, we had eager students help contribute to building the base and structure of the sculpture. We composed our base from recycled bed frames and had already formed its structure from recycled wood and chicken wire. While working with the dangerous tools was a task left to the artist mentors, many students helped out where they could, whether it was painting the base or helping form the body with chicken wire. It was a rewarding day! We closed shop with great hopes for the next week.

The Research Phase: Interviewing Students

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After Thanksgiving break, we went back to D3 Lab at Nightingale Middle School, excited to begin a new phase of our TRASHformation program. As you may recall, we completed the waste audit and collected a lot of great materials for building a couple weeks back. The next step was for participating TRASHformers to interview fellow students around campus to gauge interest and collect opinions about the art piece. Since the piece will placed in a prominent spot on campus and will hopefully be something the entire student body can use and enjoy, it was important to do some R & D. Three different pairs of students ventured out to collect data from their classmates, asking questions like, “What should we build? Where should it be located? What color should it be?” Besides collecting information, the interviews also proved to be a great face-t0-face marketing tool for our program. Several students who were unaware of TRASHformation expressed interest in helping us build the piece, and we’re excited to welcome them on board as we progress. This week, we’ll be reviewing the results of the interviews and creating drafts of our art piece. Stay tuned!

Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece
Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece
Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece

The ReCycle Tree Goes to SF: Green Fest After Party

We were pumped to be asked by the lovely folks at the Sustainable Living Roadshow to bring our ReCycle Tree up to SF for the Green Fest after party last weekend. SLR threw the event in their new venue, located in the Mission district. We met all kinds of new friends, and had a blast showing people how to create new leaves for our tree (we cut them out of donated, recycled aluminum cans and then score words or a drawing onto the back, so it shows up on the front) We also made sure to give ourselves a little extra time to get down to the two headlining acts of the event: the Fungineers and Afrolicious. I have to say, I haven’t been back to SF in a couple years, and this trip reminded me that it is truly a special city. SF is filled with forward-thinking sustainable activists and artists: you can’t beat it for enlightened conversation and a good ol’ fashioned good time. Thanks to SLR and everyone else we met for making our trip so rewarding and fun! (And thanks once again to Elemental LED for donating the RGB LED wall washers that help bring the tree to life…it looks pretty snazzy, don’t you think?)

AASHE 2012: We Came, We Saw, We Leafed!

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We had a blast at the AASHE 2012 Conference, which, lucky for us took place in Los Angeles this year. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s annual event represents the largest convergence of sustainability and education professionals in the country! We had a spot in the expo hall, right next to some other very cool green-minded companies and organizations, like the Sustainable Living Roadshow. Back when I founded RuckusRoots in 2008, SLR was one of the organizations that provided a lot of inspiration for me, and so it was very rewarding and downright awesome to get to meet its founders and see more of what they do up close and personal.

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For our AASHE installation, we decided to bring a mini version of TRASHformation, so participants could get a true sense of what it is we do. Instead of giving out more water bottles and reusable bags (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we had passersby add to our existing tree sculpture (which began as an installation for The ReCycle, the world’s most sustainable bike). Participants personalized our aluminum can leaves by scoring their names or a drawing on to the back of a leaf; we then drilled the completed leaves onto the tree.

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It was fun to watch each participant embrace the challenge of writing backwards (for the name to show up correctly on the aluminum “front” of the leaf, we had to write our names backwards on the other side). We called it a little “test for the right brain,” and indeed, it was! More than anything, it got people laughing and engaged, and provided a good parallel (albeit in a much pared-down format) of the benefits of our programs. In case participants wanted to know more about our programs, we had the following flyer at the ready. It’s a good breakdown of what RuckusRoots can provide on any campus, check it out:

Much of what I said to interested AASHE-goers during the conference is that I founded RuckusRoots because, after volunteering at many other eco-non profits, I realized that outreach to non-sustainably minded people needed help. Many environmental organizations focus on the negative side of sustainability, the doom and gloom of the situation we’re in, and all the stuff we CAN’T or SHOULD’NT do. All of that stuff is valid, but RuckusRoots is different because it focuses on the positive side of sustainablity – what we CAN do with all this leftover trash, what we CAN do to improve our lives and communities in sustainable ways. I think art is a great way to engage people (everyone is creative whether they know it or not), and in my humble opinion, our educational systems don’t emphasize the power of creative, collaborative thinking often enough, if at all.

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Our thinking at RuckusRoots is that if you create a positive emotional connection to sustainability through fun, interactive arts-based programs, the necessary shift in thinking will follow much more easily.

Thanks to everyone who came and made leaves with us! I was truly touched and thrilled by many of the conversations I had with so many students, teachers, administrators and organizers. It reinforced my belief that there’s a large community of creative, enthusiastic and brave people out there willing to forge the path to a happier, more sustainable and more creative society, and I am proud and happy to be a part of it.

Thanks to everyone at AASHE for allowing us to bring a TRASHformation to the conference. It was a great experience, with many new relationships fostered! Check out our gallery pics below!