Students created works of art inspired by the importance of whales to the environment. (Courtesy picture)
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) staff worked with students from Laguna Blanca Middle School, Peabody Charter, Santa Barbara Charter, and Santa Ynez Elementary School late last year to teach them about the importance of whales to the environment and to create inspired whales. to coincide with the museum’s newest exhibit, Whales are Superheroes!
The outcome of the lessons is on display in SBMM’s new student art exhibit, Whales Are Superheroes! Saving the Planet One CO2 Molecule at a Time, which runs from April 14 to July 31.
Marine biologist Holly Lohuis led interactive lessons in schools about whales, their ecological role in mitigating climate change, and the great diversity of species that live in the Santa Barbara Channel.
These sessions were followed by a mixed media lesson and teaching with Sondra Weiss, art educator and founder of Lost Art of Love Letters. Students, in elementary and middle school classes, were encouraged to create works of art illustrating the importance of whales.
Their paintings and drawings help raise awareness of the rapidly warming Earth’s climate, how it will affect future generations; and the important role whales play in the process.
Although the work of students from winter classes is presented in the current exhibition, the SBMM educational program is offered to schools throughout the year.
Research has shown that whales are a nature-based solution to reducing the impacts of climate change, a finding that is featured in SBMM’s brand new permanent exhibit, Whales Are Superheroes!, which will also open April 14.
The exhibition is made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Brown Family Foundation, Chevron, Dreier Family, Emmett Foundation, Hank and Mari Mitchel, Jack Mithun and Mercedes Millington, June G. Outhwaite Foundation and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation.
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