Upcycled Trashed Books and Book Pages

BY Patrice Michael

Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School

Project Description

The objective is for students to get excited about books. Look at old books and discover beautiful language, thoughts and impressions that can be brought back to life and cherished. The physical beauty of taking a page from a discarded book and painting a picture on it while leaving some words visible is breathtaking. Words can invoke images in the mind of the reader. Each reader takes something different from the words on a page and will produce a product that reflects their unique creativity.

It is important that we also use books that are in languages other than English so that all students gain an appreciation and take pride in the diversity of cultures that exist in our school. English language learners can bring in their own books in their native language to share with others in their artful creations re-purposing old discarded books and pages.

Activities would include collecting old discarded books, reading some of the pages, and brainstorming ways to use the pages creatively. The students will have a chance to research on an IPAD art projects that have been created from old books and book pages. Some of the projects may include using the pages to decoupage a keepsake box, making a paper mache character from book pages, creating a book mark from the title on the spine, make folded page art, learn and make origami animals from the pages, and “modge podging” pages together in a book, painting out the words and making a journal for their own writing, plus many many other ideas to be generated by the students interaction with a book.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The project will be evaluated using anecdotal observations of students working cooperatively together toward a common goal of designing and finishing a project that shows thought and creativity. We will be looking at the thought process and creativity that went into taking a particular book and recreating it without losing the essence of the original story, theme or message.

Benefit to the students and the school

The benefit to the school will be the tapping into the multiple intelligence of our student population, improving engagement with reading and with words, advancing comprehension while activating the ability to visualize texts, and students will be learning to recycle old materials.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

We will start the project in January and complete the first years enrichment in March with an art gallery presentation at the “Cluster” celebration for the whole school community; staff, students, community helpers and family.