Secondary

Our secondary school workshops focus on addressing Essential Learnings in the areas of Visual Art and Home Economics. Workshop experiences will increase students' knowledge of sustainable design by exploring waste minimisation and the manipulation of discarded materials to create art and useful objects. 
 
Students are required to examine and investigate a wide range of materials used in industrial and light manufacturing to identify suitable qualities to achieve specific outcomes. They will be shown different processes that will enable them to best utilise and manipulate offcuts and discards to create sustainable art, craft and designed objects.  
 
Students will gain knowledge of construction techniques and confidence in the use of hot glue, hand sewing and the constructive manipulation of a variety of materials using tools specific to the workshop, such as leather hole punches, jewellery pliers, power drills and leather shears. 
 
To make an enquiry regarding our workshops, please fill out our online enquiry form here. Alternatively, you can drop us a line at workshops@reversegarbageqld.com.au or give one of our friendly Workshop Facilitators a call on (07) 3891 9744.
 
INTRODUCTION TO JEWELLRY MAKING WITH SALVAGED MATERIALS
Jewellry is an expression of our personalities signifying status or style. Students are encouraged to find beauty in the discarded and develop ways to revalue these common objects and raw materials to adorn the body in traditional and non-traditional ways. Demonstrating the basic techniques of jewellery making with valuable resources diverted from landfill, students will learn from the facilitator how to make a pair of earrings and a necklace or bracelet. Techniques covered include clasp making, using jump rings and the use of tools.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Wearable Art and Body Adornment)
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PUPPET MAKING IN THE STYLE OF SALLY SMART
How do we really see ourselves? Can we define our own identity or is it defined by our friends, our family or our society? This workshop is a fantastic experience for visual arts students exploring identity and the use of recycled or salvaged materials in their artwork. Constructing identity from found objects and salvaged materials, we confront and embrace the idea that nothing is new or original, but a combination of existing elements. Drawing on the work of Australian artist Sally Smart, students will be challenged to create a puppet that embodies their personality and/or physical features. The facilitator will demonstrate the use of drilling holes, threading and wire wrapping to join body segments together. Students are requested to provide an A5 size photo image of their head to incorporate into the sculpture and inform the nature of their puppet.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Sculpture)
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WEARABLE ART ACCESSORIES
In this workshop, students accessorise by making their own wearable accessories such as a Peter Pan collar, bow tie or headband. Students may create any or all of these options, or can choose to design their own original accessory. We explore the disposable, trend driven nature of accesories and use discarded materials to create ethical, sustainable fashion. Students assess the practicality of using offcuts and materials discarded at the point of manufacture because of their size, for making smaller pieces of fashion and the potential of “bi-product” industries. Our facilitator will demonstrate how to use unconventional materials such as sheepskin fur and flexible plastics, as well as more traditional materials such as leather and fabric offcuts.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Sculpture)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Wearable Art and Body Adornment)
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SCULPTURAL ASSEMBLAGE
This workshop is a fantastic introduction to the use of salvaged materials to create 3D objects and sculptures. Students may choose to create either a human or animal figure and seek inspiration from an array of materials, such as foam, computer cable, fabric and leather offcuts. Students will be encouraged to select and utilise materials that embody and convey similiar qualities to their chosen subject matter. The facilitator will demonstrate how to manipulate wire coat hangers to create an armature, as well as techniques for “fleshing out” and embellishing a sculpture. Combinging many different materials together or using similiar colours and textures will enable students to understand and appreciate the assemblage aesthetic. Emphasis will be placed on dynamic pose, whether depicting action, prompting a narrative or displaying characteristics particular to their chosen subject matter. 
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Sculpture)
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UPCYCLED FASHION
This workshop focuses on revamping pre-existing clothing into new items. This is a sustainable practice employed by the fashion industry when faced with voumes of clothing manufactured for a particular trend that has become “last season.” Due to the high turnover of the fashion industry, disposal of post-trend, underperforming garments is not uncommon, despite being brand new. Clothes are “reclaimed” from stores and used as a starting point to redesign a new garment. Fashion designers add detail and reshape these garments inline with predicted seasonal trends. Manufacturing processes are designed so these volumes of clothing can be quickly and simply reprocessed to update and revalue them. They are then reintroduced to stores as new, on-trend fashionable garments. Students are required to bring along a cotton top they would like to upcycle and redesign. Techniques covered include using macrame knotting to create embellishment and using salvaged materials such as lace and zips to accentuate a neckline.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Home Economics (Textiles and Fashion)
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UPCYCLED TEXTILES: STITCH AND COLLAGE

Students will make a functional, commonly manufactured item like a pencil case, phone case or journal cover to use as the basis for textile collage. This tactile and enriching workshop utilises some of our most interesting and unique materials such as wedding fabric offcuts, interior design fabric swatches, various yarns, buttons and beads. Our facilitator will demonstrate techniques of hand or machine sewing, hot gluing, and layering of materials to utitlise colour, texture and design to create a finished piece. Students will be encouraged to use evidence of construction (decorative stitching as a joining method) and embrace a handmade aesthetic.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS:  Home Economics (Textiles & Fashion)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS:  Art (3D Objects: Fibre Art)
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UPCYCLED TEXTILES: WOVEN WALL HANGING
Learn the art of weaving to create your own upcycled wall hanging using salvaged textiles from Reverse Garbage Queensland. Participants will be introduced to basic weaving techniques and learn how to create their own loom. Our facilitator will encourage students to push the boundaries of textile art, by incorporating unconventional materials such as plastic packaging, mop head threads, bulky, textured fibres, fabric remnants and more! Students will create a richly textured piece by using an age-old technique that can be employed to demonstrate the making of textiles before mass manufacture. Embracing a hand made aesthetic, students will be encouraged to carefully consider complimentary colour combinations and a range of textures to create their own unique piece.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS:   Home Economics (Textiles & Fashion)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS:   Art (3D Objects: Fibre Art)
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UPCYCLED TEXTILES: WOVEN COIL BOWL
Students will create a colourful, textured coil bowl using a simple sewing technique that can be refined to make smaller work or used to create larger sculptural or wearable pieces. Using conventional materials such as wool and fabric offcuts, as well as other more unusual materials like climbing rope, students will create a functional and aestheticly pleasing object by employing rhythm and repetition. These make great gifts or can be used to hold jewellery and other trinkets. This technique can also be adapted and explored further by making smaller coils and bowls en masse to join together or creating larger sculptural forms by continuing to add material while experimenting with form.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Home Economics (Textiles & Fashion)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Fibre Art)
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ECO EMBELISHMENTS
In this workshop students are encouraged to look to nature for inspiration and use their observations as a starting point for creating works of wearable art. Students will aim to adorn with forms of nature by employing decorative textile techniques such as making fabric “yo-yos” or flowers and leaves made from fabric, felt and leather. By designing patterns, cutting fabric to size, hand sewing and using hot glue we will create detailed, finished embellishments that can afterwards be used to decorate garments and accessories.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Home Economics (Textiles & Fashion)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Wearable Art and Body Adornment)
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FASCINATORS AND TOP HATS
Students will explore basic milinery techniques to create a fascinator or mini top hat to compliment or complete an existing outfit or represent an imagined one. Using unconventional materials to create high fashion challenges students to design a piece that is glamourous, elegant or stylish. Students can be engaged to create or design for themselves, a friend or imagined client or for events such as high tea, a wedding or even their own formal. Students will employ stapling, layering and hot glue gun techniques to construct their creations.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Home Economics (Textiles & Fashion)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Wearable Art and Body Adornment)
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MASQUERADE MASKS
Students will delve into the depths of the sub-conscious and explore identity through the medium of mask making. By depicting masks that represent ways of interacting with the world, students will examine the mask as disguise for protection or concealment, empowerment or self expression. Using reclaimed materials, workshop participants can create a masquerade mask designed for a fancy dress party or masquerade ball.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Home Economics (Textiles & Fashion)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS:
 Art (3D Objects: Wearable Art and Body Adornment)
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STEAMPUNK JEWELLERY
Inspired by 19th century steam powered technology and Victorian era adventure and invention, Steampunk is now an established style and popular medium for jewellery design. It is an the aesthetic informed by brass cogs, rusty gears, rivets, pistons, adventure-worn leather and mechanical contraptions of old. Students will look back to the past and imagine a future that runs on steam to create a piece of wearable art using salvaged materials such as watch parts, cogs, keys, leather and broken jewellery.  
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Art (3D Objects: Wearable Art and Body Adornment)
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