Recycling & Junk

Modelling Workshops

Welcome to African Activities Recycling and Junk Modelling workshops for secondary schools and colleges.  Learn about environmental issues and other cultures in a thought-provoking and practical way.

Content is tailored to meet the needs and learning objectives of your students. Your limit will be the rubbish you have available. Kwame will explore 'rubbish' and its potential to transform; for example, a bag into kites and balls.  Students will then explore the 'rubbish' available to seek alternative uses for it. If you wish during the session, we can explore wider; for example, life on the world's largest e-waste dump at Agblobleshie in Ghana.

Running a workshop

 

It is important that children are informed of what to collect in advance.  We can bring rubbish, but collecting and transforming it is part of the process.  Specifics will be set out in advance but standard materials such as scissors, paints etc are very useful to have on hand.

 

Milk bottle birds and elephants - milk bottles in a variety of sizes

Masks - 2 litre milk bottles, newspapers and magazines for the papier-mâché

 

What options are available?

 

Recycled toys/objects

Birds, elephants and masks made from milk bottles.  Papier-mâché can be used if time allows; a great project for an arts week.

 

Recycled instruments

From Goji guitars to shakers, these instruments are simple to make.  Add in a couple of drums and your school or community can have their own Junk Percussion band!  This can be combined with an African drum workshop or an African dance workshop.

 

Recycle your lunch

Drinks cartons can become birds and crisp packets beads. Making students think about their lunch and the alternative uses for rubbish.

secondary school Recycled African mask making

 

How can we combine workshops?

 

Drumming workshops can utilise props and outfits made during textile or our art and craft sessions.

 

Storytelling and song can be used as part of the sessions to engage students and to ensure they leave the session with an even deeper understanding of Ghanaian culture.

 

Students working towards a final performance can collectively display the dance, drumming rhythms and clothing made if wished.

What can we expect?

 

  • A truly authentic, uplifting, cultural experience
  • A CRB/DBS checked, insured and talented cultural ambassador from one of the most experienced teams in the UK
  • A responsive and tailored experience that can be adapted to meet your needs
  • The potential for EVERYONE to participate
  • Historical and cultural context, especially relating to the masks
  • A fun and engaging experience

 

Sample timetable with one class

 

 

1 Practitioner

09.00-09.20    Assembly

09.30-10.30     Mask making

10.30-11.30      Mask making

11.30-12.30      Milk bottle birds

12.30-13.00     Lunch

13.00- 14.00    Goji Guitar making

14.00- 15.00    Mask painting

Sample Timetable with a school

(one hour per class)

 

 

1 Practitioner

09.00-09.15    Assembly

09.30-10.30   Art Session

10.30-11.30    Art Session

11.30 -12.30   Art Session

12.30-13.00    Lunch

13.00- 14.00   Art Session

14.00- 15.00   Art Session

Timetabling a Workshop

 

Please remember we will need time to clean up and prepare during class handover.  We use hourly sessions to provide inspiration for a class to start a project, allowing 5 art based sessions with 40 students in each session throughout the day.

 

Or one class or year group could explore drum, song, dance and art all in one day!

Kwame was the artist in residence in Ghana's National Centre for culture  from 1995 until 2000. He continues to exhibit and has work in international public and private collections.

We now have a team of African Arts specialists able to engage your students. Our CRB/DBS checked, insured and expert practitioners make up the most experienced teams of facilitators in the UK!

 

How Can We Combine Workshops?

 

Drumming workshops can utilize props and outfits made during textile or our art and craft sessions.

 

Storytelling and song can be used as part of the sessions to engage students and to ensure they leave the session with an even deeper understanding of Ghanaian culture.

 

Students working towards a final performance can collectively display the dance, drumming rhythms and clothing made if wished.

secondary school Recycled African mask making
secondary school Recycled African mask making

Timetabling a workshop

 

Please remember we will need time to clean up and prepare during class handover.  We use hourly sessions to provide inspiration for a class to strat a project, allowing 5 art based sessions with 40 students in each session throughout the day.

 

Or one class or year group could explore drum, song, dance and art all in one day!