Scrap Art Fun
Set of 4 titles
Got some metal scraps and odds and end lying around? Turn them into art! Transform old objects, leftover metal scraps, and other odd objects into adorable critters, outdoor art, creepy creatures, and even things you can use! Projects inside show one way to turn scrap pieces into art but use your own objects and creativity to make a similar version. Clean out your junk drawer and amp up your creativity to create amazing art from scraps!
Scrap Art Fun - School Library Journal
This series emphasizes the importance and innovation that happens when art is created with recycled or thrifted items. A table of contents followed by a detailed introduction shows how and why kids can make art out of everyday objects. The intro also talks about basic materials needed, planning projects, following directions, and getting help from an adult, especially depending on the materials being used. A section called “Junk Art Inspiration” shows pictures of art around the world made by artists who used everyday materials, such as: “The Kovozoo in the Czech Republic is a zoo of animals all made from scrap metal,” (Make Cute Critters from Bits and Pieces). Every title has 10 projects and each one starts with a short description and a highlighted list of materials. The instructions are in numerical order with a photo if necessary. Sometimes there is a “Junk Art Tip,” like “The best pieces can come from the items you no longer use,” (Make Decor and More from the Junk Drawer). Many of the projects are more difficult because of the materials being used, but may be inexpensive for artists or programmers on a budget. The back matter includes further reading, internet sites to visit, and a bit about the authors. VERDICT Challenging and intriguing art projects for older students using recycled items. Recommended.