Pre-Prep and Primary

Reverse Garbage Queensland specialises in "eco-art" workshops, creating, making, designing and repurposing exclusively with "waste." Our materials are clean, non-toxic offcuts and discards diverted from landfill, collected from the point of manufacture. We run workshops suitable for children in Pre-school to Grade 1 as well as Grade 2 to Grade 7. We even run Christmas-themed workshops!

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Preschool to Grade 1

Aimed at children aged 3-6 years, our Preschool to Grade 1 program combines hands-on fun with interesting art activities focussed on using “rubbish” (clean, non-toxic offcuts and discards!) to create art. The program is specifically designed to give children the opportunity to explore the properties and functions of materials and to experiment with their manipulation.

They will develop skills such as cutting, tearing, threading, gluing and painting as well as exploring construction using three-dimensional objects. They will also investigate elements of design such as texture, colour, shape and pattern in a variety of themes that appeal to this age group.  

To make an enquiry regarding our workshops, please fill out our online enquiry form via our website. Go to this page to access the form directly. 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

HANDBAGS AND TOOLBOXES

Children will create their very own handbag or toolbox out of industrial discards. Starting with a plastic, hinged box, children add the handles and decorations to create a unique finished piece. This is a great opportunity for young children to become familiar with creating 3D objects, while drawing on their 2D collage skills. We will be using non-toxic glue, contact, sticky foam and other materials to decorate.

ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Visual Art (Shape, Line & Texture)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour

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JUNGLE SAFARI COLLAGE

Children can learn about re-using while creating a unique jungle scene with collage. This workshop focuses on using sticky materials and non-toxic glue to enable children to practice their cutting and gluing skills. We'll be making animal shapes and a scene to represent the environment in which the animal lives, all with salvaged offcuts such as contact, translucent green and red plastic (we call it seaweed!) and sticky foam as well as adding textures with fabric, carpet pieces, cork and rubber.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Biological Science
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Visual Art (Shape, Line & Texture)

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MINI BEASTS, BUGS AND CREEPY CRAWLIES

Children of all ages are fascinated by nature and just love creepy crawlies. In this workshop we will be making riveting invertebrates, enthralling arthropods and curious crustaceans. We'll use collage techniques with our array of salvaged materials like cardboard circles, bendy wire, microfiche (for wings) and foam pieces together with non-toxic PVA glue, contact, sticky foam and staples to decorate.

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Biological Science
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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
This is a very tactile and sensory experience for children, as well as a great introduction to creating 3D art. Children begin the workshop by touching and collecting their materials. They can then explore different ways to produce sounds by using combinations of materials, as well as using their body to make sounds by shaking, scraping, blowing or banging their handmade instruments.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Physical Sciences
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PRINT MAKING FUN - Explore Colour with Stamps

Drawing inspiration from the book “My Many Coloured Days” by Dr. Seuss, children will explore colour, shape and pattern and have a whole lot of fun doing it! Using our unique stamps made entirely from salvaged materials like timber blocks, corks, bottle caps, foam and lots of other recognisable objects, children will be encouraged to engage in creating using repetition, layering and experimentation. There is no limit to the variety of pictures children can create! Finished artworks can be mounted in frames to hang on the wall at home or even given as a gift.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Creating Literature
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PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS: MAKING AN OUTDOOR WIND CHIME

This workshop references early learning on the properties of materials eg. Is it hard, soft, flexible, rigid, or waterproof? Children can make their own wind ornament, which can become the starting point for scientific experiments to determine whether it will survive against the elements. Starting out with the humble coat hanger for the base the workshop focuses on using sticky materials and fasteners such as pegs and clips to assist children in attaching their materials. Adults will assist children with stapling and tying knots.

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Chemical Sciences
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CRITTERS FROM CREEK TO COAST

From suburban creeks and wetlands to coastal waters, our waterways are such an important part of our environment, especially when we consider all the different creatures that live in these fragile habitats. In this workshop, children can have a positive experience of creating their favourite critter from creek to coast such as a turtle, frog, fish or crab. We will be using collage techniques and our clean industrial discards such as brightly coloured contact pieces, paper and cardboard, foam pieces and more to create and decorate.

ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Visual Art (Shape, Line & Texture)
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WHAT THINGS ARE MADE OF: MAKING A SPACE ROBOT

Children will learn about the materials our world is made of, including both natural and manmade. Having access to the whole warehouse means we can bring along all sorts of interesting materials including leather, fur, plastic, fabric, metal and rubber objects. Each child will be able to create their own robot using the different materials available.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Science
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Grade 2 to Grade 7

Our Primary school program for Grades 2-7 builds on skills acquired in the early stages of schooling. Students develop confidence in the manipulation of materials and extend their knowledge of material properties, with a particular emphasis on creating 3D sculptural forms. Students are encouraged to plan and design, select appropriate materials, then construct and decorate their artwork. Workshops are designed to enable critical thinking, problem solving and experimentation.

RE-MACHINATION
Drawing inspiration from the Shaun Tan book “The Arrival,” students will design and construct their own Re-machination – an invention combining the imagination with the machine using repurposed materials. Students will consider their creation’s unique features and functions as well as visual arts elements (e.g: line, shape, texture and colour) and concepts (e.g. space, balance, contrast and pattern). Using a box as a starting point, students can explore our many and varied materials to realise their invention. Their finished creation can then be used to stimulate class discussion and reflection.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Digital Technologies
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Visual Art

* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their
creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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PRINTMAKING

In this workshop, students investigate the use of colour, shape, line and texture as they create a city scene. Utilising a limited colour pallet of greys and blues, students will produce a collagraph style print with a variety of textured materials such as bubble wrap, corrugated card and holey foam slabs. Repetition, pattern and overlapping shapes are employed to represent the high-rise buildings of a city. Students can further add to their prints by collaging with magazines to represent shops and billboards as well as create narratives.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Visual Art
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EXPLORER BAG MAKING*

In this workshop students are required to follow a sequence of steps to create a vinyl satchel or over the shoulder bag. They are given directions on how to cut vinyl, punch holes along the edges and thread their pieces together to make a bag. Students can then decorate their bag and make some equipment an explorer might need to survive, such as a compass, map, first aid kit or binoculars.
*Ask us about other bag making options
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: History
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour (Design for Products)
* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their
creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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BOAT MAKING*

Will it sink or sail? This workshop will challenge students to think about the properties of the materials they are using and to plan their design accordingly. Students can build boats for specific purposes or to solve problems - to carry a particular weight, to travel utilising propulsion technologies or illustrate how weirs and locks work in canal systems. It will encourage critical thinking, problem solving and experimentation to create a boat that floats using salvaged materials. Boat making materials may include interesting offcuts such as cork, foam, rubber and plastic.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Design and Technologies
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Australia as a Nation
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour (Design for Products)
* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their
creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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KITE MAKING

With a humble plastic bag, along with some wood and string, this workshop encourages students to attempt to harness the power of the wind and learn more about aerodynamics. Students will construct a kite with all the necessary elements and launch it into the sky. Please note this is an advanced workshop that requires nimble hands, suitable for 8-12 year olds.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour (Design for Products)
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FURRY FRIENDS / AUSTRALIAN NATIVE ANIMALS
Everybody loves a cuddle, so let’s make a furry friend that gives great hugs! Using wadding and fur salvaged from sheepskin products such as Ugg boots and car seat covers, students will be able to make their very own fur ball. It could be a dog, cat, mouse or even a native animal such as a koala or kangaroo.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Biological Sciences
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NATURAL AND PROCESSED MATERIALS*
Students will learn about the natural and man made sources of materials in our world. Is it plant based, does it come from the earth or perhaps from an animal? We have a wide range of materials from the warehouse such as cork, sheepskin, rubber, fabric and plastic to create their own robot. Students will gain experience in selecting and working with materials based on their properties as well as choosing the appropriate tools for the task.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Geography
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Chemical Sciences
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Design and Technologies

* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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PUPPET MAKING*

This workshop delves into the ancient art of puppetry and gives students the chance to create their own puppet using industrial discards. Utilising a wide variety of materials and relevant techniques students can make a hand puppet, marionette, pop up puppet or some finger puppets. Children are masters at creating different characters and this workshop allows those characters to come to life. This workshop is suitable for 8-12 years olds.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: English – Examining Literature,
Design and Technologies (Knowledge and Understanding) / (Process and Production Skills)
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour (Design for Products)
* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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MASK MAKING

These workshops draw on the rich symbolism associated with masks throughout history and cultures, such as identity, the subconscious, ceremony and celebration. Students will make a mask using a card base and an array of colourful and textured salvaged materials that can then also be painted.

Tribal Masks – This workshop takes inspiration from indigenous cultures where a mask might be used in a ceremony, ritual, rite of passage or celebration.

Celebration Masks – This workshop can be used to explore cultural celebrations and traditions such as Christmas, Easter, Masquerede and Day of the Dead (Halloween.)

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: History – Community and Remembrance/ Personal and Family Histories
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WEARABLE ART / CREATIVE COSTUMES*

This is the ideal workshop to showcase the many and varied materials we have to offer – our yellow holey strips, colourful fabric and foam, computer cable, paper cups and shiny silver bits are just waiting to be turned into pieces of wearable art. Students can utilise various techniques of stapling, gluing, threading and even simple sewing to realise their wearable art piece. Skirts, hats, belts and goggles are just a few ideas in this great theme. Students have the option of creating a design first and using it to produce their final work.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Chemical Sciences

* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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NATURAL CYCLES OF LIFE DIORAMA*

This workshop can be used to explore the changes and natural cycles in our environment, by making a diorama of the water cycle or the four seasons. This process can be the starting point for in class discussion on the topic e.g: how a resource such as water is transferred from its source to its point of use and identifying actions at school that conserve resources, such as turning off dripping taps. Students are asked to provide their own shoe box, and we will supply all other materials and tools.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Earth and Space Sciences
*Dioramas can be made to illustrate many scenes, concepts, environments, interactions and processes. Talk to us about other Diorama options. Request a quote for this workshop here.

SPACE EXPLORER

Students can choose to construct a space related sculpture, such as a robot, space probe, or other robotic spacecraft to explore the limits of their imagination (and our solar system!) We will be using an array of plastic materials, from tape cassettes to thread spools and computer cable, to build our high tech creations. This workshop encourages the development of fine motor skills and builds confidence in constructing 3D artworks.

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Science
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PUSH PULL TOYS / THINGS THAT MOVE*

Students will have the opportunity to design and create interesting and wacky wheeled objects, such as a car, aeroplane or even a teddy on wheels. We provide appropriate materials and demonstrate some examples to support students in their making. Afterward, time can be spent test driving their creations in class to discover whether their toy can be pushed and pulled. *An extra materials fee applies
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Physical Sciences / Design & Technologies

* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS: OUTDOOR WIND CHIME*

This workshop further explores the properties of different materials. We investigate by asking a series of questions. Is it transparent or opaque? Water proof or absorbent? Malleable or rigid? Using these observations children can justify their choice of materials based on the properties most suited to the task. This learning will also assist children in deciding what tools to select when manipulating their chosen materials. They will explore and investigate many different types of materials while creating, for example, a wind chime or hanging mobile.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Chemical Sciences
*This workshop can be adapted to achieve various outcomes with the focus being on the properties of materials and identifying appropriate uses. Request a quote for this workshop here.

MONSTERS AND MAGICAL BEASTS
Students will select from a monstrous array of materials to create a figure from myth or fable! This enriching workshop engages children by using alternative construction methods and a variety of unconventional materials to create their own 3D figurine of a monster or magical beast. It could be a unicorn, troll, bunyip, dragon or other wild thing!
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Visual Art
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TOY MAKING*

In this workshop students can design and manufacture their own toy using industrial discards such as plastic containers, fabric, sheepskin, computer cable, bottle caps and much more. The facilitator will demonstrate different construction methods relevant to the materials and provide inspiring samples to challenge students to produce a toy of their own. This workshop can be used to complement in-class discussion on the history of toys and toy making.
ESSENTIAL LEARNINGS: Technology as a Human Endeavour (Design for Products)
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: The Past in the Present / Physical Sciences

* We can supply a Materials List to assist students in designing their creation prior to the workshop. Just let us know when you book!
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MINI BEASTS, BUGS AND CREEPY CRAWLIES
Students can create bugs and creepy crawlies while learning about an insect’s form and segments. They will have the opportunity to make a couple of creatures, such as a lady beetle, a spider or a bumble bee. This is a great opportunity for young children to practice their stapling skills and older students to select and apply appropriate materials to depict legs, wings and eyes. We will be using non-toxic glue, contact, sticky foam and other materials to add detail and decorate.
AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM: Biological Sciences
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