Trash to Treasure

Sunday, October 2, 2016 10:53 PM Edited: Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:10 PM

Trash to Treasure Workshop - Weaverville, Sept. 24, 2016

28 kids age 5 to 17 decended upon Studio G for the Trinity Arts Council’s “Trash to Treasure Workshop”, Saturday, Sept. 24.  We warned the parents, “Your children will be using tools and hot glue guns.”  With several tool guys and their power tools, the children learned how to use several tools to measure, cut, and assemble their creations.

          ( Team building was a positive outcome of the experience)

Artists create because it is in their bones- they have to do art.  It was exciting meeting many of our next generation of young artists.  However, the importance of this workshop was in experiencing the value of repurposing  “trash” and  problem solving.  Each child had to select materials from cans, electronic components, pieces of appliances, clothing, yarn, and disassembled art and decide how these pieces could fit together  to create their vision.  Next was the challenge to figure out how to construct the sculpture; developing an ordered process and using the tools to build something that would not topple and support other components of the puzzle.  In many cases, the children helped each other, exhibiting both Team Building and the Problem Solving skills that art develops.  I recognized the goal of Art supporting the Common Core Curriculum as Kamaela Cantrell exclaimed, “I got burned 5 times today!”   I asked her how many sculptures she created.  She said, “6 pieces.  OH! If I made 6 pieces and got burned 5 times then I made one piece without getting burned!!”. 

           (Eva Franceschini, 9yrs old, building a palace of fantastic junk!)

Lily Braxon,8 years old, was struggling to hold all of the components as she continued to marvel over the treasures available.  I asked her how all of these pieces could possibly fit together.  She confidently exclaimed, “Who wants anything that makes sense?  Abstract Art is my Specialty !”  

Kamaela Cantrell, 7, and Dhara Fielding, 8, collaborated on a piece titled, “The Ocean” in which Dhara found a blue box lid that said “Ocean” .  “It’s gotta have a boat so we got help to carve a piece of Styrofoam”, fitted it with a mast, added sea creatures, and ”Done”.

    (Kamaela and Dharma show off their collaboration - "Ocean Voyage")

Leon Hendrix, 17, thoughtfully considered colors, texture, and many design elements in his piece.  He said, “I like pastel colors and decided to balance it out with skeletons.  Like “Pastel Goth”.

5 year old Adelina Carson, with no help, created a fairy house with removable roof, bow-tie tree, interior decorations including a couch, table, stools, throw rug, interior lighting, and a fairy skeleton dressed to the nines.

Many of the finished sculptures will be displayed at the October Art Cruise in both the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce and Umpqua Bank.  Please stop in to marvel at the complex inventive minds of our youngsters.  It is an Amazing Adventure – To be sure !

    (Umpqua Bank actively supports Art for Children and Community and is pictured during the October Art Cruise.  Adelaide Carson proudly shows off her creation to mom.)

The Arts Council owes great thanks to the many volunteers who brought creative solutions to these kids and the funding from the Trinity Trust Summer Youth Program, Daniel Holthaus Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Gates Family Endowment Fund for the betterment of Trinity County.  AND, thank you to the Trinity Journal for sharing our experiences.