Sanibel Sea School Offering After School Ocean Art

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Students will make comb-jelly coconuts in one after school session that are inspired by the unique creatures that float in the Gulf of Mexico.

In March and April, Sanibel Sea School will offer multiple sessions of After School Ocean Art at the Flagship Campus on Sanibel.

Art is a large part of Sanibel Sea School’s marine science curriculum and educators incorporate creativity into almost all of their day classes and camps. The nature-inspired art projects are overwhelmingly popular with families and kids, so each year an entire after-school series is dedicated to ocean art.

In the after-school sessions, participants will have the opportunity to get creative with natural materials. Incorporating a beachwalk into each session, participants will have the opportunity to collect materials, such as shells, coconuts, palm fronds, and anything that they can find that inspires them.

Projects for the series include coconut comb jellies, painted sea life mosaics, and even Australian-inspired musical instruments.

“Our art classes are unique because students have the opportunity to work with interesting natural materials that are different from media they’ve used in school,” said Education Programs Manager Shannon Stainken. “We just love seeing the creativity come through in their projects that is inspired by the natural environment.”

After School Ocean Art will be offered Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on March 23, 30 and April 6,13. Each session is $20 and registration is open at

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.

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