• Betsy McKenna

Something from Nothing

(Excerpt from Art Workshop - Essay by Betsy McKenna)


"I have come to appreciate the importance of repurposing materials even more. Especially from a creative process and environmental sustainability point of view.

As educator in the classroom and parent in the home, I have observed a heightened level of interest, enthusiasm and overall creative expression when children could access and create with found and natural materials that supported their ideas.

Children’s ideas:

  • Cotton for my wizard beard

  • Tomato sauce cans and a ping pong ball for my ball toss

  • Cardboard box and rubber bands for my guitar

  • Water bottle and glitter for a hanging mobile

As the children put ideas into action, it was fascinating to watch how they worked to solve their problems.”

Original post date: October 23, 2016