Thursday, May 4, 2017

Magic Trash Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project

We celebrated "Earth Day" by showing our awareness of the need to  preserve our planet in various ways.  We are encouraged to reduce trash that would otherwise overpower landfills, use reusable containers versus throw aways and recycle or repurpose materials.  The Kindergartners only needed an inkling that we had an opportunity to do those things and no further explanation was necessary.

We read a book Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art by J.H. Shapiro. We were excited to know that Environmental Artist Guyton's Heidelberg Project originated in nearby Detroit and that he probably visited the Detroit Institute of Art as a kid just like we did! We also found out that his artwork is featured inside of the D.I.A. (Detroit Institute of Art) and the UMMA (University of Michigan Museum of Art) as well as in his neighborhood.

We listened to a story of how Young Tyree created a solution to the trash problem in his neighborhood that sparked discussion, resistance and eventual change. He also prompted more dialog (just like so many artists before him) about what really constitutes "Art".

The Kindergartners worked feverishly to assemble sound frames, walls and towers out of scrap box materials in celebration of Tyree Guyton's famous "Dotty Wotty House" and the magical powers of trash!

Here are some of the items that were created from their ideas.

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