Turning trash into art

First Posted: 12/30/2014

TUNKHANNOCK — Buttons. Cardboard paper towel tubes. Plastic containers. Blocks of wood. Tissue paper. String.

All sorts of reusable pieces of trash filled boxes, spilled out on the floor and covered tables in a small studio at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock Dec. 30. About 25 children, ages five through 12, rummaged through the piles, bringing scraps back to their tables where they worked during the Dietrich Theater’s Holiday Camp, run by instructors Amy and Steve Colley.

With almost everyone trying to talk at once, and students stepping around pieces of junk, chairs and each other, an outsider looking in to the room may easily perceive the scene as chaos.

It would, however, be better described as organized chaos.

Each holiday camp participant moved around the scene with purpose, picking up the parts he or she needed in order to build his or her sculpture, piecing them together and finally bringing them to one of the four adults in the room to permanently assemble with a hot glue gun.

Karlie Holena, of Harveys Lake, made a robot drinking a pina colada, complete with bits of coconut made out of strands of white yarn, sticking out of its cup.

“It’s very fun,” the fourth grade student said of the two-day camp.

She added the best parts of the event were “getting to make stuff” and becoming friends with the other campers.

“I like to figure out how to do it [assemble the sculpture],” she said, “and when I’m done, see how it turns out.”

Gavin and Jayde Waibel, a brother and sister from Dalton, also enjoyed the creative aspect of the camp. Gavin, first grade, made a robot and Jayde, fourth grade, made an exotic tree.

When asked what is the best part of the holiday camp, Gavin responded, “Pretty much just being creative.”

Jayde agreed, saying her favorite was the pottery session the day before.

“Just getting your hands messy,” she said, explaining why she likes working with clay, “or getting to shape it.”

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