The amazing bottle cap mosaic created by the students of Travis Elementary School and Crockett Elementary School.
Jessica Botello, a San Marcos CISD art teacher for Crockett Elementary School and Travis Elementary School, had an inspired idea for art utilizing something that most of us recycle, if not throw away– plastic bottle caps. Her art classes at the two schools used the caps to make mosaic murals. The finished works were on display at the Earth Day celebration taking place last weekend at Aquarena Springs.
“I had a contest at each school to see which class could collect the most bottle caps,” said Botello. The students managed to get more than 4,000 plastic bottle caps, garnering enough to make 2 four-foot by four-foot murals.
“We wanted to reinforce the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle,” Botello said. “This project teaches children that recycling can be fun. We are reusing materials for art that would have otherwise been garbage.”
Each student at Crockett Elementary School and Travis Elementary School added to the progress of the art pieces. Some students sorted caps into colors, some designed the murals with patterns and others secured the bottle caps on the plywood with glue. The caps were then reinforced with screws.
“This step involved plenty of hard working volunteers,” Botello said. “Brad McCormick, a Texas State University student teacher, and fifth grade students did this part. Of course, students wore safety goggles, and were closely supervised by adults.”
Botello said her inspiration came while reading “Bottlecap, Little Bottlecap” by Michelle Stitzlein. The art teacher contacted Stitzlein about the San Marcos CISD project and the author was excited about the project and requested to see photos of the artwork.
The bottle cap mosaic project also had some help from local businesses and institutions, including the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering, Lowes in San Marcos, Lowes in Kyle, Tuttle Lumber, McCoy’s, and the San Marcos Housing Authority.
Fifth grade students securing the bottle caps on their artwork.
Author Michelle Stitzlein’s book served as inspiration to Botello for the project.Email | Print