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Posted: November 3, 2008 5:00 a.m.

From scraps to stunning

Treasured trash

By Mandi Singer /

Treasured trash: Third grade students at East Newton Elementary School worked with local artist Carol Veliotis during their art class to create treasures out of trash for the school's garden. The week-long program is an annual event and rotates schools each year. Veliotis uses everything from discarded wreaths to old wading pools to create recycled art with the students. "Keep your imagination going," Veliotis told the students. "Look at things and see not only what they are but what else they could become." 

(Picture 1) Holly Smith, a 9-year-old student from Gina McDonald's third grade class, paints decorative colors on a found object easel art project titled "Who is the best student at East Newton," a question which will be answered each time a student looks into the mirrors attached to the easel.

(Picture 2) Students from McDonald's class gather around Artist in Residence Carol Veliotis as she describes a found art project that students will be working on during their art class. This found art sculpture of the ancient Roman god Janus for whom the month January is named. The sculpture has two faces - one face looks back at the past year and one face looks forward to the new year.

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