April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. For our weekend family art activity, we’re inspired by upcycling and art that is green. Not the color, of course!
Janet Nolan made fantastic sculptural installations using materials that people would normally throw away, such as soda cans, bottle caps and broken umbrellas. Many important museums exhibit her work and even have her art in their collection, including JCSM. She also presented in a famous store in New York City, Bloomingdales.
When you look at her artwork here, how do you feel? Do you giggle? How do ordinary things seem now? Are you thirsty!?
Give objects in your home a second look. What can be transformed into art? Check out a step-by-step guide to recreating your interpretation of Nolan’s piece “Can Can.”
What You’ll Need
Once you are done, share your work with others to show them how you transformed recycled materials into art. Make a bunch of them! Maybe even ask a grownup to temporarily hang them to the wall with painter’s tape. Post to social media and tag us. We’d love to share your creation online @JCSMAuburn for a #MuseumFromHome.