I offer the following staff development workshops that focus on Arts Integration for use with diverse grade levels and content areas –
Collage:  a 2-dimensional artistic composition made of various materials (i.e., paper, cloth, wood, etc.) glued onto a surface;
Found Object Assemblage:  a 3-dimensional visual art whose compositions are formed from everyday items, usually called “junk” or “found objects”
Identity Boxes:  small “portrait” boxes that reveal an individual’s identity through the use of objects and symbols.

The simple learning activities help educators tap into their own creativity, build confidence in teaching through the arts, make connections between the arts and what they are teaching, and recognize the benefits to students of integrating the arts with other curriculum areas and environmental education.  The workshops are a fun way for educators to work collaboratively and share ideas on how to use the arts in their classrooms, and at the same time earn graduate credit or relicensure credit.

A 3-6 hour presentation provides the basic instruction to create a Collage, Found Object Assemblage, or an Identity Box and offers some written reflection.  A presentation of 15-30 contact hours offers an in-depth experience as well as relicensure or graduate credit.  Teachers engage in additional learning activities and have added time for reflection and creation of lesson plans.


The following is a brief  sample of the Found Object Assemblage workshop with a focus on Environmental Education.  The learning activities can be easily adapted for use with other content areas.

This workshop examines the relationship between Found Object Art and Environmental Education, and can be integrated into daily, weekly, or monthly environmental themes. Teachers engage in learning activities that lead to the creation of an art assemblage  using an assortment of objects usually thought to be of little worth. The activities focus on the three R’s of the environment: reduce, reuse, recycle, and can be used to help broaden the ability to value discarded objects while cultivating self-worth, self-expression, imagination, and creativity. The playful learning environment promotes collaboration and cooperation and helps participants understand the effects of recycling and caring for the environment. Teachers consider adaptations of the process to various classroom needs.

Teachers will be able to:

  • Awareness:  lead hands-on Found Object Art activities to help students acquire an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the environment and its problems.
  • Knowledge:  identify how the learning activities will look and feel in the classroom to help students gain a basic understanding of the environment and its associated problems.
  • Attitudes:  use the art-making process to help students acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and motivation for actively participating in environmental protection.
  • Skills:  adapt the Found Object Art activities to help students acquire the skills for identifying and solving environmental problems.
  • Participation:  provide students with an opportunity to be actively involved in caring for the environment.

For more information about Barbara Bianchi’s workshops and student residencies, contact the artist