Afternoon Art Club School Holiday Activity

Powerful Plastics with Sally O’Neill, Hannah Gee and Hannah Cotton. 

Learn how to create art from the single use plastics in your home inspired by artists Kim Williams and  Lucas Ihlein. 

Presented as part of a very special partnership between Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and STA.

We recommend you watch the whole video before you get started. 

You will Need:

  • Some Plastic Items
  • Paint or markers
  • Glue and Scissors


  • Tape
  • A board  
  • Varnish
  • Primer

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Convert your plastics into art

  • Spend some time with each of your plastic items and consider its shape, size, colour and intended use. Explore its potential as an art object. here are some ideas we used in transforming plastic items into art. 
  • Inspired but the work of Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein glue some interesting plastic items to a canvas board. 
  • Create a sculpture of an animal using scissors, tape, and coloured permanent markers. The see through plastics were great for butterfly wings. You might even be inspired by the shape or some of your plastic items. 
  • Transform a yoghurt container into a pen holder or planter. We primed ours before painting but you could try mixing PVA glue into you paint. Seal with varnish for a longer life. 

Meet the artists Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein. 

Professional artist from the Wollongong Illawarra region who sometimes make art together. Their current exhibition is in Gallery 2 at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. It is a continuation of a project commissioned for the Plastic free Sydney Biennale in 2020. Their work is about navigating the useful and dangerous aspects of plastic. They have four works on display in the Gallery. 

Plastic in the House is a playful song about plastics found in the home written by Kimm William and performed by Kim, Lucas and a bunch of great kids.  Watch the video here. 

Click on the image above to see Plastic Household Inventory by Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein. It’s a list of common household plastics. How many are in your home?

Facts about plastics

  • Single use plastic are item which are made from plastic and are designed to to be used once and then thrown away. 
  • When we are done with these items some of them can be recycled by putting them in your yellow bin. Recycling is a great way to give items like water bottles a second life. 
  • Soft scrunchy plastics like plastic bags are not able to go in the yellow bin. They often end up in the red bin and in landfill p0olluting the environment. 
  • A single plastic bag can fall apart into millions of tiny plastic pieces, so small you cant even see them.  These microplastics are very harmful to us and the environment. 
  • The best thing we can do is to avoid these items as much as possible. reusable shopping bags and refillable water bottles are better choices. 

Meet Hannah Gee

Hannah is Program and exhibitions coordinator at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. She has worked with artists and objects since 2011. Her interdisciplinary approach to exhibitions stems from her experience as a practicing sculptor and animator working with excavation finds and museum collections in the Mediterranean and Near East. Her style of documenting artworks and artefacts through animation and interactive platforms has been applied to anthropological and archaeological collections in the Australian Museum, and to Cypriot collections in the Nicholson Museum. Hannah holds an Honours degree in Creative Arts and Multimedia from the University of Wollongong, and a Masters in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Sydney.

Get to know Hannah Cotton

Hannah is a Waste Education & Officer for Goulburn Mulwaree Council. With a passion for the environment and all things sustainability, her goal is to make recycling and reducing waste as fun and simple as possible. Hannah has worked in schools and community groups, leading our next generation in advocating for our environment by making small (and sometimes big) changes to our everyday lives. 

About Sally O’Neill

Sally has worked at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as Education Officer since November 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design and has completed formal studies in Education and Nursing. Combining her passions of visual arts and teaching, Sally has found her niche developing and delivering an ambitious Education Program to the Goulburn community. Sally’s work covers young people of all ages – Afternoon Art Club, Art Teenies, school holiday workshops as well as a host of tailored programs for schools. Sally works collaboratively with artists and brings contemporary art to the young people of Goulburn with sensitivity and flair. She also maintains her own artistic practice and exhibits locally. Her interests include painting, drawing, collage and sewing. Check out Sally’s Mural What a Cowtasrophe in Crookwell. Sally also has murals all over Goulburn in schools and at the PCYC.  

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