Recycle your Way to Art

Ref: C2225255

Give your recycling a second life! This is fun and welcoming art group where we are going to make art with a difference! By using unconventional materials such as recyclable refuse (card, plastic, cans, strings, etc) you will be encouraged to see the possibilities in everyday objects, and the otherwise mundane aspects of life. Students will be encouraged to think as creatively as possible about the possibilities of the materials by experimenting with materials individually and sometimes in collaboration with others. We will consider at the purpose of art and contribute to a larger societal issue of the environmental impact we have. Ultimately we will look at rubbish in a different way and make some beautiful along the way.

Additional information about this course

Catton Grove School and CFM will refer students. Venue will be Catton Grove Primary School.

Course aim

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to recognise the creative possibilities of everyday materials. Students will use unconventional materials in their art making, exploring the possibilities and finding new ways of making art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the impact that consumerism has on the environment.
  • Use everyday materials such as recycled goods in new and interesting ways.
  • Work in a small group to make an artwork.
  • Individually interpret creative tasks through expressive means - (art making).
  • Evidence creative and diverse experimentation with unconventional art materials.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Please collect and bring along interesting recyclable materials that you come across on a day-to-day basis. Please also bring your own scissors, as the teacher only has a limited supply.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • At home research is optional - but it could be interesting to check out Pinterest for ideas of recyclable art.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full Course information sheet

Recycle your Way to Art

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course has been cancelled.


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing