With so much emphasis on recycling, the Sunshine Coast Council are timeously hosting Waste To Art - a children's holiday program workshop series designed for children to re-think and be creative with 'disposable' materials. The Waste to Art program will challenge and motivate young minds to make gorgeous, functional and fun objects from everyday discards.
In the Waste to Art : Children's Holiday Program, creative upcyclers from across the Sunshine Coast region will be offering their skills and talents to children, in reimagining and reinventing uses for bicycle tubes, fabric, kitchen containers, cardboard and so much more!
What will children learn these holidays at Waste to Art : Children's Holiday Program?
From old t-shirt to rug! Image: The Greater Good Movement FB
♻️ Monday 23 September | From Rags to Rugs Workshop #1, Age 6 to 16 years @ 10.00am to 11.30am | $7.50 Workshop #2, Age 6 to 16 years @ 12.30pm to 2.00pm | $7.50
Two gorgeously colourful weaving workshops where participants will learn to create their very own comfy rug by recycling old t-shirts. Amy and Ryan from The Greater Good Movement are extremely excited to show kids the how's and the why's! Little hands will easily learn the knack of weaving a multi-textured creation to be proud of.
Waste wallets - Image: The Greater Good Movement FB
♻️ Tuesday 24 September | Container Hacks - Waste Wallets Workshop #1, Age 6 to 16 years @ 10.00am to 11.30am | $7.50 Workshop #2, Age 6 to 16 years @ 12.30pm to 2.00pm | $7.50
Children will join Amy and Ryan from The Greater Good Movement for a unique opportunity to craft their very own wallet from a UHT carton. Once students have sorted this one, they will have the chance to try their hand at designing bird feeders, sandpit toys and planter pots … all with milk bottles. Creating useful objects from discarded kitchen containers is simple and this workshop will open students' eyes to an array of fun re-use ideas.
Make your own beeswax wraps! Image: The Trashy Artisan Cooperative FB
♻️ Wednesday 25 September | Nude Food Wax Wraps Workshop #1, Age 8 to 17 years @ 10.00am to 11.00am | $7.50 Workshop #2, Age 8 to 17 years @ 11.30am to 12.30pm | $7.50
Workshop #3, Age 8 to 17 years @ 1.00pm to 2.00pm | $7.50
'Nude food' is a trendy term for the old-fashioned concept of carrying food without disposable packaging. Lucy Yule from The Trashy Artisan Cooperative will teach students to make their own beeswax wraps to replace single-use plastics in lunch boxes. I personally absolutely love my food wax wraps and use them every day in the kitchen and hopefully saving the planet a little, day by day. Students get to choose their own fabric and with Lucy's assistance, will learn two techniques to make beeswax wraps to take home.
♻️ Thursday 26 September | Waste Sculpture Maker Space
Age 4 to 8 years @ 10.00am to 11.30am | $7.50
It's time to play! Artist Karen Benjamin will lead this exploratory maker space for younger children. Busy little hands will have fun with sculptural experimentation using colours and shapes from a collection of household cardboard and plastics. Children age 4 to 8 will benefit from this workshop by honing their fine-motor skills in threading, twisting, stacking and assembling.
♻️ Thursday 26 September | Waste Warrior Design Wear
Age 8 to 17 years @ 12.30pm to 2.00pm | $7.50
In this design-focussed workshop for older kids, Karen Benjamin will work with participants to create masks, crowns, wristbands, belts and/or tunics, using a variety of discarded materials. Examples will be provided giving students ideas on how to turn waste into a viable creative currency.
♻️ Monday 30 September | Beautiful Beaches Forever
Age 4 to 17 years @ 10.00am to 12.00noon | $7.50
We all love going to the beach! Beautiful Beaches Forever is an awesome hands-on workshop led by Surfrider Foundation, an organisation dedicated to caring for marine and coastal environments. Students will be taught the various challenges facing our oceans and beaches and be shown practical ways to make a difference.
Wise words! Image: Surfrider Foundation - Maui Chapter FB
♻️ Tuesday 1 October | Musical Funky Junk
Workshop #1, Age 6 to 12 years @ 10.00am to 11.30am | $7.50
Workshop #2, Age 6 to 12 years @ 12.30pm to 2.00pm| $7.50
Anya la Zanya is a creative local who is dedicated to recycled playfulness. Kids will get to make some noise at the Musical Funky Junk workshop, whilst learning how to make their own take-home 'poptar' - a one-stringed guitar-like instrument created from discards. Participants will have the opportunity to have a play on the percussive drum-kitty and the bottle-o-phone - all instruments that Anya will bring to the workshop for participants' musical experimentation.
♻️ Wednesday 2 October | Bike-tyre Wallets
Age 10 to 17 years @ 10.00am to 12.00noon | $7.50
Students will learn how to sew their very own wallets from bicycle tyre inner tubes. Lucy Yule from The Trashy Artisan Cooperative is the creative mind behind this workshop and will very happily advise students step-by-step on how to make their very own money keepers.
From trash to treasure! Image: The Trashy Artisan Cooperative FB
♻️ Wednesday 2 October | Bike-tyre Earrings
Age 10 to 17 years @ 12.30pm to 2.30pm | $7.50
A fabulous adornment workshop aimed at older children, who will learn how bicycle inner tubes can be delicately transformed into one-of-a-kind earrings. Each participant will take home at least one up cycled jewellery creation - don't waste it, wear it! Lucy Yule from The Trashy Artisan Cooperative will be taking this workshop too.
♻️ Thursday 3 October | Zero-Waste Superhero Collage
Workshop #1, Age 4 to 7 years @ 10.00am to 11.30am | $7.50
Workshop #1, Age 7 to 12 years @ 12.30pm to 2.00pm | $7.50
Children will discover their inner zero-waste superhero at this collage workshop run by Cheryl Nonmus from Paintbox Art School. Re-using egg cartons and cardboard offcuts, kids can show off their creativity as they build a superhero self-portrait. The Zero-Waste Superhero Collage Workshop is a fun opportunity for children to imagine their own planet-saving powers and capture that inspiration in colour and shapes.
Who's your superhero? Image: Paintbox Art School FB
With spaces to the Waste to Art workshop series strictly limited, registration is essential as these age specific workshops are sure to sell out fast! Kids will love the idea that they are contributing to the welfare of our planet by recycling trash to treasure!