Schools Going Green Workshop, Sunnyvale & Cupertino

I was invited by Jackie Davison, Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Environmental Services Department in Sunnyvale to teach a workshop for middle school and high school students at Fair Oaks Park. I brought some trash collected on the beach in Santa Cruz and trash collected during a coastal cleanup. Jackie Davison brought trash collected around the schools.

The students who came are organizing School Go Green clubs in their schools, which is really awesome! They are interested in techniques to spread the word about recycling, consuming less plastic.

I proposed to them a technique they can apply to posters (image + message).

– Students work on a flexible composition with elements – in this case trash (no glue)
– they take a photo
– they upload the photo in  the app. PicCollage (free) and add text
– they save the version of the poster
– they can change the composition and/or the text and save another version of their poster, etc.
It is a great exercise, where multiple versions can be save, elements and text can be changed. The posters can be share on social media.

I am interested to further this collaboration and teach this workshop on campus with these awesome motivated students!

The Water Project featured at ArtSplash 2015 at Montalvo Arts Center

The Water Project was featured during ArtSplash, at Montalvo Arts Center. The Plastic Monster is made of nearly 500 plastic jugs and plastic water bottles that the kids, some friends of mine and I gathered at home. They contained milk or juice. The students were surprised by the amount they gathered. Knowing that in the end only a small percentage of plastic we consume is recycled and that tons of it goes to the ocean.

THE WATER PROJECT: ARTS INTEGRATION IN 2ND GRADE / 3. Data Visualization with Dots

A simple Data Visualization of the amount of water we “eat” compared at the amount of water we use every day at home. And we also compared the differences between the amount needed to grow/produce different foods and the differences between the amount of water needed to do different things at home.

Arts integration into the 2nd grade math and science curriculum. We used a base-ten to count the gallons of water.
One blue dot = one gallon of water. one square sheet is 12″x12″.
Lesson plan here.

Data source:
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/
http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/productgallery
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/food-water-footprint_n_5952862.html

The Water Project
– Exercise 1: Posters about the Watershed and the drought
– Exercise 2: Watercolors of the Bay Area

The WATER PROJECT: Arts Integration in 2nd grade / 2. Watercolors From the Bay Area

Watercolors from the Bay Area is about understanding the variety of our waterscapes (Pacific coast, creeks, delta, bay, wetlands) through observation of a photo (each student studies a different document). In the end, the class has a discussion about the diversity of the amazing waterscapes we have in our region. The occasion for the children to think about asking their parents to go see these waterscapes if they do not know them already. They are important and fragile eco-systems we need to protect and care for. This exercise is great to open up the dialogue about the importance of water in our lives.

Watercolors from the Bay Area is about understanding the variety of our waterscapes (Pacific coast, creeks, delta, bay, wetlands) through observation of a photo (each student studies a different document). In the end, the class has a discussion about the diversity of the amazing waterscapes we have in our region. The occasion for the children to think about asking their parents to go see these waterscapes if they do not know them already. They are important and fragile eco-systems we need to protect and care for. This exercise is great to open up the dialogue about the importance of water in our lives.

For this exercise we use watercolor inks.

Lesson plan here.
Posters about the Watershed and the Drought – lesson plan here.

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