TD Community Sunday: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Sculpture Art with Naz Rahbar

Making a sculpture out of found and recycled materials can have endless possibilities! This month we welcomed Naz Rahbar to lead a virtual workshop for our April TD Community Sunday. During the workshop, Naz showed us how to use recycled boxes, tubes, and other materials to make a mini sculpture room, or diorama. This activity got us thinking about our relationship to matter and materials, similar to Mika Rottenberg in her exhibition Spaghetti Blockchain.

You can watch the full workshop recording below:

Materials Needed (can be any or all of these things!)

  • Toothpicks
  • Tinfoil
  • Recycled bottles
  • Recycled boxes
  • Recycled bottle caps
  • Paint and brushes
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Buttons
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Ribbon
  • Discarded toys
  • Styrofoam from packaging
  • Glue
  • Recycled newspaper or tissue paper
  • Sticks
  • Stones or rocks
  • Leaves (from the ground)

Here are some examples of finished dioramas:



About the Artist:

Naz Rahbar is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist with drawing at the core of their practice; they work in print, artist books, performance, animation, and installation. Naz graduated with a BFA from OCAD University in 2009. They have been active in arts education and community arts in Toronto (, and across the GTA for many years. They completed a bachelor of Education with a Fine Arts focus at York University in 2012, as well as MFA in 2019. Naz currently teaches at The School of Creative Arts, Animation and Design at Seneca College, as well as the joint Art and Art History program at Sheridan College and University of Toronto.


TD Community Sundays are made possible by TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform, TD Ready Commitment.


MOCA thanks Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of our Public Programmes and Learning Initiatives.