Building The Whale

Exploring Plastics

For nine weeks in the Fall of 2017 Ms. Williamson’s grade 5 students meet with artists Laurel Paluck, Kathryn Bahun, Christy Haldane, Hilary Wear and Hartley Stephenson, once a week to discuss and learn about the history of plastics and how they’ve come to travel through our society and environment. Using science as our guide and art-making as a solution, we created bags, fashions, and this big ol’ whale from the single-use disposable plastics we collected. Chi Giigoonh now hangs in the hallway of Queen Mary School, reminding us of where we do not want plastics to end up, while teaching us to consider new ways to re-invent our plastic world.
Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council!

Through shredding, layering, fusing, sewing and braiding, we transformed single use plastic sign sleeves into one of kind book bags.


Each student explored a motif of their own to create a fresh design.

Chi Giigoonh

Building the whale form from repurposed plastics

Whale Form

Ontario Arts Council