provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, Sanibel Sea School will begin offering After School Ocean Art courses each Tuesday for four weeks. The goal of ocean art is to get creative with natural or repurposed materials found around the island. Sticks, seagrape leaves, shells, sand, coconuts— you name it, we us it! The best part? This series leads into the holiday season and these creations will make festive homemade gifts for friends and family. The creative lineup:
Nov. 16: Mollusk Magnets
Young artists will head out to the sandy shores of the Gulf to collect shells—empty of course—that inspire them to create custom magnets. Maybe they’ll use coquinas to create mini butterflies or paint an eye on the inside of an Eastern oyster shell…there’s no end to the artistic possibilities.
Nov. 30: Ocean Inspired Ornaments
What happens when you combine wood cookies, scallops, and paint? A sea turtle! How about wood cookies (natural discs from trees), paint, and dried palm fronds? A jelly! In this after school session, students will make small sea creatures from natural materials to hang on their tree or at home.
Dec. 7: Jingle Shell Wreaths
Jingle shells are fun to work with—their shine, lightness, and layering ability are an artist’s dream. With jingle shells, you can create a scale-like effect, rose petal pattern, or a mosaic. We will experiment with all three to create a decorative wreath.
After school courses are designed for ages 6 to 13 and cost $20 per student. Classes run from 3:30pm–5:30pm. Visit sanibelseaschool.org/afterschool to register and create with us!
Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.