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Art of Recycling: Repurpose with a Purpose-Virtual Field Trip

Experience Schack Art Center's spring exhibit, The Art of Recyclingfrom the comfort of your own home with our virtual field trip and accompanying lesson plans.

Explore artwork created by artists using only repurposed and discarded materials. This exhibit shines a spotlight on the environmental and social impact of waste, while aiming to inspire change. 

Educators and students of all ages are invited to check out the field trip features on their own time. The field trip includes exhibit video tours, downloadable lesson plans, art project videos and additional resources. 

We recommend you start with the Schack Art Center and Exhibit Walk-through, then view the Docent-Led Tour, and finally enjoy the lesson slide shows, followed up by the accompanying art project videos. Additional resources are also provided below to enrich your experience. See links below. 

Come check out the exhibit in person April 1-June 5  

Please enjoy this free content through July 1. Support the Arts and the Schack Art Center by making a donation here.

Promotion made possible in part by the City of Everett Hotel/Motel Tax Fund. 

Virtual Tours

  • Schack Art Center and Exhibit Walk-through: Enjoy this short introduction to the Schack Art Center followed by a walk-through of the exhibit. 3:25 minutes
  • Docent-Led Tour: Judi, Daeton, and Aimel will take you through the exhibit and show you a few of their personal favorite artworks. 12:18 minutes

Lesson Plans and Art Project Videos

Put a Bird on it! Addressing textile and fabric production, consumption, and waste through the art of slow stitching. Grades 2-12

See Me Don't Discard Me Self-Portrait: Examining the waste we create while composing a self-portrait from discarded materials. Grades K-6

Additional Resources

Exhibiting Artists' Videos

Interview with Marita Dingus: Get inspired by Dingus' use of dicarded materials, giving new purpose to materials that would otherwise be discarded gives it new purpose and value. Dingus'. 4:24 minutes

Enviromental Sculpture Presentation by Barbara De Pirro: De Pirro creates environmental, mixed media sculptures and installations. Explore De Pirro's imaginative manipulation of repurposed materials to create nature inspired sculptures. 7:58 minutes

Found Objects with Kathy Ross: Ross describes "found objects" and tips for connecting them with hot glue. Ross' work is playful and full of references to pop culture. "I make use of the world's materials and the world's innuendos. But these are my own sculptural constructions." 6:13 minutes

Additional Art Lessons

Recycled Book Making: Enjoy this lesson planvideo, and tour created for us by Seattle Recreative.

Newspaper Hat or Wearable Art?: Learn to make a one of a kind fabulous hat from old newspaper. Check out the lesson plan and video on the Resources for Learning at Home page.

Previous Virtual Field Trips 2020-2021

On the third Friday of every month, learn about a different work of art on display in our galleries. Accompanying the artwork is an inspiring art lesson for a simple at-home art project for the whole family. Enjoy viewing the art online or come in to the gallery to see if you can find the work while it is being exhibited. 

Here are our past videos:

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

May's 2021 Field Trip shown above. 

Show the Schack what you made! Send images of your Field Trip Friday artwork to

Large group, in-person field trips are on hold for the moment. Please check this page for current hours and safety protocol.