Recycled themes–and art–were assembled into a ful program, presented at the Fine Arts Auditorium Dec. 16 in Pelican Rapids. Pictured here, the students are massed together on stage during the program: “Superheroes for the Earth.”
Using recycled materials, Pelican students created “super hero” capes for the Dec. 16 program.
Using recycled materials, Pelican students created “super hero” capes for the Dec. 16 program.
Using recycled materials, Pelican students created “super hero” capes for the Dec. 16 program.
Recycled art by Claire Freking.
Recycled art by Natalie Franco.

Recycled art, music assembled by Pelican students to advocate for the earth

“Superheroes for the Earth”“ was presented by Pelican Rapids Viking Elementary students Dec. 16. 

It was a collaborative program mixing art, music and phy ed along with a message to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to help the planet. 

Students had been working on different art projects in school focusing on reusing objects. They made recycled masks, abstract pop can faces, and batik superhero capes reflecting natural landscapes and animals. 

The abstract pop can faces were inspired by environmental artist, Didier Triglia which mirrored his work. 

Students focused on recycling aluminum cans and the impact recycling has on our local environment. Aluminum, when recycled will be remade into a new can in less than 60 days but if not recycled it will sit in a landfill for 200-500 years. 

A special thanks to Pass It On Thrift Shop for donating so many white sheets for 3rd graders to use as superhero capes. The sheets were cut and sewed into capes. 

Then students learned about Batiking, an art form done in West Africa. Students replicated this by using gel glue and acrylic paint as they designed their own capes to wear for their performance. 

Students opened the performance by singing, “A New Revolution.” This was followed by singing, “The Recyclops.” 

Then, 4th graders came to the front of the stage to perform their compositions they composed on instruments made of recycled objects. Next, students created rain sounds using their different body parts while singing, “Let the Rain Come Down.” The final song was, “Rock the World.” 

In between each song 3rd and 4th graders guided the performance as they spoke about ways to improve the planet and ways we can keep Pelican Rapids a clean city to live in.  

“It was such a blast to see our students work so hard throughout the months and put on an amazing show mixing art and music while driving an important theme of taking care of our environment,” said Viking elementary art instructor Kate Woolever Martinez.