Creativity Inspiring Conservation

Applications for 2014 Creativity Inspiring Conservation Program Now Open!

Creativity Inspiring Conservation artwork

Seattle Aquarium's Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program aims to empower high school students to create awareness of a variety of environmental topics through artistic mediums. Students will be educated by marine experts and mentored by professional artists as they conceptualize and produce a finalized piece of artwork.

Students entering high school in the 2014–2015 school year are eligible for this free program and should have previous art experience. Participants in the program will not only get a chance to create a unique piece of art, but will also see their work displayed at the Seattle Aquarium for a special one-night, public exhibition.


For more information, email Kate Burnley at k.burnley@seattleaquarium.org.

 

Summer Classes


Defenders of Marine Life
Comics and ‘Zines: Activism and Reducing Our Carbon Footprint
Deadline: 5pm on July 9, 2014
Web comics, illustrations, and 'zines don't just mix words and pictures, they are unique storytelling opportunities that cross genres and styles. Some make us laugh while others make us think. The student as artist and activist will be encouraged to learn about reducing our carbon footprint while mixing image with words. Students will share their ecological passions and creative narrative knowledge with the community at large through comics, graphic novels and ‘zines.
Class dates: July 14, July 17, July 21, July 24, July 28, July 31, August 4, August 7: 11:30am–3pm.


Bringing Color to a Changing World
Painting and Watercolor: Biodiversity Change
As we live our daily lives, it’s easy to forget that man is just one part of our diverse world. Biodiversity is the delicate balance of all living things. We are using more natural resources than is sustainable—leading to food shortages, animal extinctions and the elimination of the world as we’ve known it. Using the paintbrush and creative spirit, students will learn about and address the issue of biodiversity while enhancing their painting skills with a teaching artist.
Class dates: August 2, August 9, August 16, August 18, August 25: 10:30am–1pm.

Applications closed.


Observing What Doesn't Belong
Drawing and Sketching: Point Source Pollution and Marine Debris
Drawing is all about observing the world around us, but what about the things that most people overlook or don’t see? Point source pollution and marine debris are two of the most important issues facing marine conservation today. Using observational and freestyle drawing skills, students will not only broaden their knowledge of traditional and experimental drawing skills, but also become aware of the power of their visual voices. What can you do to make others see?
Class dates: June 30, July 7, July 11, July 14, July 18, July 21, July 25, July 28: 9am–12pm.

Applications closed.


Exposing the Natural Beauty of the Sea
Photography: What We Are Working to Protect
Since the days of Ansel Adams, photographers have used their skills to showcase the beauty of our natural world. Working with digital cameras, students will develop an eye to best capture why it is important to protect Puget Sound and our one world ocean. Students will apply their grasp of composition and color to create images that are moving and personal.
Class dates: June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 30, August 6: 12:30–3:30pm. Field trip scheduled on July 26.

Applications closed.

 

Applications for the 2014 Creativity Inspiring Conservation Program Coming Soon!

Seattle Aquarium's Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program aims to empower high school students to create awareness of a variety of environmental topics through artistic mediums. Students will be educated by marine experts and mentored by professional artists as they conceptualize and produce a finalized piece of artwork.

Students entering high school in the 2014-2015 school year are eligible for this free program and should have previous art experience. Classes are held weekly on weekends or weeknights at the Seattle Aquarium for 4- 6 weeks. Participants in the program will not only get a chance to create a unique piece of art, but will also see their work displayed at the Seattle Aquarium for a special one-night exhibition open to the public.

Last year's classes included drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, and photography and students addressed issues ranging from endangered species to fishing practices.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list to receive applications, email k.burnley@seattleaquarium.org.

 

A group of ambitious high school student artists recently completed the Seattle Aquarium's Creativity Inspiring Conservation (CIC) program. Youth artists participated in 5–6 classes for a total of 25–30 hours of classroom time over three weeks. Classes were held after school hours and/or on weekends to minimize scheduling conflicts.

As part of the Aquarium’s mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, the CIC program aims to empower youth to create awareness of environmental topics through artistic media. Students were educated by environmental experts and mentored by professional artists as they created art pieces to be displayed at a one-night exhibition at the Aquarium on August 8. Participation in CIC was free to students and all materials were provided.

The CIC program recruited students for the following projects:

  • Sculpture and Marine Debris
  • Videography and Climate Change
  • Collage/Mixed Media and Fishing Practices
  • Creative Writing and Habitat Changes/Loss
  • Screen Printing and Biodiversity
  • Digital Photography and Non-point/Point Source Pollution
  • Drawing and Ocean Acidification
  • Acrylic Painting and Endangered Species

Fall Classes

Applications due by 5pm on August 13, 2014


Teach a Man to Fish
Sculpture and Ceramics: Fishing Practices
With our demand for consumable fish at an all-time high, fishing practices around the world and here in Washington have become less and less sustainable. However, there are those who are willing to fight and keep our ecosystems in balance. Are you one of them? Students with an eye for the three-dimensional and a passion for marine biology will develop their ideas in this unique class.
Class dates: September 22, September 23, October 6, October 7, October 20, October 21: 3:30–6pm.

 

Earth in Balance
Mixed Media: Ocean Acidification
Mixed media is the use of collage, paper, mosaics, fabrics and other textured materials to communicate an idea. This mix of materials creates a visual balance that is truly unique. Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease of the ocean’s pH level, caused by the uptake of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Students will learn about and address the balance needed keep our animals alive in Puget Sound and our one world ocean.
Class dates: September 24, September 26, October 1, October 3, October 8, October 10: 3:30–6pm

 

The Architecture of Change
Creative Writing: Urbanization of our Waters We are in a golden age of urban development and expansion but at what cost to our natural environments? Urbanization can reduce suburban sprawl but also change our waterways. Through personal exploration and creative writing, students will question the need for urbanization and what effects it has on shorelines, biodiversity and more. Whether it’s poetry, short stories or plays, students will be inspired to think critically about this topic and beyond.
Class dates: TBD.

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Making the Unseen Seen
Screen Printing: Endangered Species
Band t-shirts show our passion for music to the world when we walk out the door, but what about sharing our dedication for what else is important to us? In our local ecosystem, animals like the sea otter and brown pelicans are losing their natural habitats. With their own visual vocabulary, students will learn screen printing for posters, t-shirts and other printed materials with a teaching artist and hands-on experience.
Class dates: TBD.