6th Graders Artwork to be Shown in SF Art Exhibition

A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - PACIFIC GYRE ABSTRACTIONS

The Surfrider Foundation is hosting an annual art and education event to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans, and artwork produced by Mount Tamalpais School 6th graders will be featured in the exhibition. The artwork will be on view at The Venue of the Palace of the Fine Arts from February 23-25 . 

The 6th Grade class began this art project by learning about the environmental impact of plastic waste on marine habitats. The students watched videos about the formation of trash gyres throughout the worlds oceans and learned how plastics enter our oceans and the marine food chain. Finally, the class discussed ways in which they could make difference through local efforts and at home.

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This art project represents the culmination of the student’s experience. Using mixed media including oil pastel, watercolor, color pencil and collage, each work is an abstraction of the Pacific Garbage Gyre and represents the most common plastic wastes found in our oceans as well as the process of photo-degradation. The final compositions will be included in the Surfrider Foundation's annual Message in a Bottle Art and Education exhibition. The event seeks to shed light on the major issue of marine plastic pollution and features art from schools around the Bay Area as well as from working Bay Area artists.

Sixth Grader, Oliver, from the class was motivated by the lesson to participate in a beach clean-up at Stinson Beach. He was surprised that they were able to collect 10 pounds of trash in just 10 minutes. Hear Oliver talk about the experience in the video below. 


A Message In a Bottle Art and Education Event
Hosted by the Surfrider Foundation
The Venue of the Palace of the Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123
February 23-25

Friday, February 23, 6-10pm – Gallery Opening RSVP here.
Saturday, February 24, 10am-2pm – Open House & Craft Day
Sunday, February 25, 10am-2pm  – Student Appreciation Day

For more information, visit the event website