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Trashformation drafts from Nightingale Middle School students

A Drawing Day at Nightingale Middle School

Today was our final day at Nightingale Middle School before the holiday break. This week the students continued working on their drafts of the Nighthawk sculpture we will build when we return to school in the new year. Several groups of students completed great drawings; we’ll vote for the best one in January, and then begin building our piece based on the winning selection. We can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for this TRASHformation project! Check out a full gallery of the project to date below, and read past blogs to get caught up on what we’ve been up to.

TRASHformation at D3 Lab @ Nightingale: Drafting the art piece

Students begin drafting the art piece, a Nighthawk, the school mascot

The research phase of our program continued today at the D3Lab as the students went through the data collected from the interviews conducted last week.  The TRASHformers received a lot great input, from students and staff alike. Going through the interview answers, the kids agreed that most of the students were excited about the idea of a Nighthawk, the school’s mascot, a shade structure, or flower pots to use in the Nest, the school’s garden.

But it was the idea of a Nighthawk as the art piece that had the most votes and that the best spot to put it was near the lunch area on campus. They also found from the interviews that other kids liked the idea of the Nighthawk doing a victory pose and that it should be holding school supplies or books. The students spent today’s TRASHformation splitting up into groups to begin the drafting process. The three different groups each started to draft a version of what the Nighthawk might look like.  Luckily we had some very enthusiastic and skilled artists who quickly volunteered to be the drawer for each group. One group found it was easier to draw their Nighthawk by deciding what sorts of trash would be used to erect the figure: cardboard tubes for the feet and legs,the paper trash for its wings, and someone suggested old skateboards for the body.

Next week, the students will finish the three different drafts to show to the Principal for approval. It’s then off to the Holiday break for 3 weeks, after which we will come back in the New Year to begin the build process.

A student uses the eagle on a dollar to help draft his Nighthawk

Here’s a write-up from D3 Labs about the program so far!

 

The Research Phase: Interviewing Students

Nightingale TRASHformers interviewing fellow students about the art piece

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

Waste Audit Day: D3 Labs, Nightingale Middle School

When “playing with trash” becomes a forum for creativity and collaboration!

Today we took a big step forward in our TRASHformation program at D3 Labs at Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park. We conducted a waste audit, assessing, recording and organizing all the different types of trash and recycling items the students had collected over the last couple of weeks. First, we piled everything in the middle of the floor, and then one student wrote down all the different categories we could see represented in our trash pile. Then we organized the items by category. The students weren’t shy about organizing the trash (you might even say they caused a bit of a ruckus!); there was definitely a sense of excitement as we began to think about all the cool art we could make using these items. Some of the most common trash items we collected included chip bags, plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and tubes, as well as paper and rubber. We’re looking forward to next week, when, after a show and tell of trash art from around the world, we will begin brainstorming ideas for our own art piece. Stay tuned!

Progress Report: TRASHformation at Nightingale Middle School

Things are really starting to come along with our TRASHformation program at Nightingale Middle School’s D3 Lab in Cypress Park. In keeping with the D3 model, the kids are coming up with all of the ideas for how we will acquire trash, organize it and eventually build an art piece. Last week, we brought in a few of our more transportable Trashformation examples, including the tree with aluminum can leaves we build for AASHE and The ReCycle, and a dress by Paper Botanicals that was featured in our TRASHion show last summer. Next, we came up with a system for collecting trash around campus. The kids picked high-traffic areas around the school, decorated bins and assigned students to pick up the trash and bring it back to the D3 lab every day. Some students even begun washing the trash in preparation for the build. In the coming weeks, we will have a waste audit to determine what types of trash and recycling items we’ve collected, organize and sort our materials, and have a Trash Art show and tell day, to get some ideas for what we can build. After the Thanksgiving holiday break, we’ll start building our very own TRASHformation at Nightingale. So excited!