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Light bulbs go off as HS DDP students turn junk into treasure

lamp made from antlers and woodSeeing potential in what many consider to be junk was one of the biggest hurdles Shelly Bevan’s Design and Drawing Production students had when taking on a new class assignment.

“Finding materials was definitely the hardest part of the process,” student Olivia Newkirk said.

Their task was to take a piece of junk and make it into a working lamp or clock.

clock made from a drum head“They didn’t realize all the potential there was,” Bevan said.

That was, until, she brought some of her own junk from her basement. Then, she said, the light bulbs starting turning on as students began coming up with ideas.

student stands next to his lamp made from a bowling ball and wood frame.
At first, Steven Johnson thought drilling completely through the bowling ball and creating a custom wood base would be difficult. But about four hours later, he had a complete lamp.

Student Steven Johnson made a lamp from a bowling ball.

“It’s rare see a bowling ball lamp, I thought it was going to be hard to do,” Johnson said.

Bevan was excited to see the creative projects her students created, but she was also inspired by the way her students took on the challenge.

“This project allowed the kids to see what they can do and be proud of it,” she said. “And then, they helped each other out, it’s nice to see them working together.”