In a sunny and busy classroom in Chedoke Elementary School, a fabulous group of sixth graders has been collecting junk for me. Their wonderful teacher, Jennifer Miscas, contacted me earlier this year to let me know her class had been filling a Jane Jar, and she wondered if I'd be interested in creating an art piece from the contents. Um, yes!
This collaborative project represents everything I love about upcycling and art: a bridge for strangers to meet, a chance to capture moments in time, an opportunity to take a pause - however brief - to think about what and how much we throw away. And it's the start of something completely new. Lots of the junk in this jar will emerge in the art that I'll create for Jennifer and her sixth grade class. The rest of it will eventually find a purpose in something else I make, be it more artwork or a piece of jewelry. The possibilities are curious, colourful, exciting and abundant!
3/6/2014 01:24:35 am
Wow! Just shared the blog with my students, and they loved it. We can't wait to see what you create. Thanks for your kind words.
6/12/2014 09:48:50 am
Hi Jane, it's one of the sixth grade students from Chedoke School. I would just like to tell you how much I love the painting you made for us. We all really appreciate your appreciation. Lol ☺. Thanks again😋. Ps. My friend and I have been very inspired by you art peice, and have decided to make our very own "Janes Jar". I hope that one day you will be able to see the peice that we create. L❤ve, 6th grade Chedoke student. 😘😍❤💖
6/20/2014 04:20:38 am
Thanks so much!! I'm thrilled that you're starting your own jar and creating some art. Please, please show me what you make because I'd love to see it. Let your imagination run wild :)
6/22/2014 06:16:58 am
Thanks!!! And I definitely will show you when I finish and get a chance. 😉
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