“Junque” Farm Sculptures
Auction sale: A sale where a person bids on an item they want and the
highest bidder gets the item.
Look around your school, home, or neighborhood. Find an example of junque art. What old pieces have been changed into something else?
The Museum of International Folk Art curated an award-winning exhibition “Recycled Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap” which explored inventive efforts to take discarded trash and remake it into beautiful or meaningful art. A curriculum kit is available through Crystal Productions.
Try this lesson plan for making junque art and discussing cultural differences regarding recycling with your class. It includes lesson objectives, step-by-step instructions, assessments and activities, as well as a “Recycled Art Reflection” worksheet.
Look at what kind of junk art these kids made from items in their recycling bin at school!
Here’s another website with junk art made by kids. Check out their online gallery.
Text written by Jamie Yuenger, edited by Anne Pryor.
Sources consulted include “‘Up North’: Regionalism, Resources and Self-Reliance,” by Ruth Olson in Wisconsin Folk Arts: A Sesquicentennial Celebration. Edited by Robert T. Teske, 1997; and the website: Dennis O’Donnell is the Junque Artist.