Ninth grade students of Grace Christian Academy were able to unite environmental science and art in a project where they decorated bulletin boards in the high school building to raise awareness about the problem of plastic.
The assignment in the Environmental Science Class of Geri Rodgers was for the students to either replicate a famous piece or focus on a critically endangered species. The students chose plastic as the featured item for their artwork.
Among the pieces submitted were recreations of Vincent van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night, and the iconic Japanese woodblock print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.
Additionally, the students incorporated geometry by calculating the number of bottle caps and bottles it would take to cover a minimum of 30 percent of the surface area of their rectangular bulletin board. They also wrote a short paragraph about the environmental issue they selected. One group quoted Jacques Cousteau: “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
In a span of two short weeks students worked together to produce masterpieces. Conrad Bao entered his beautiful, original creation Dancing Lady—with the ballerina’s tutu made of plastic bags—in the annual Bridge Capital Art Competition at the 38th Annual Flame Tree Arts Festival. He won second place.
As the CNMI celebrates Earth Day on April 23, “let us be compelled to seek alternative, sustainable solutions for plastic use so we can be better stewards of God’s creation on our beautiful island,” said Rodgers in an email. (Saipan Tribune)