Children, Watercolors and Environmental Stewardship.
Over the past eight years, Anna Maria Elementary (AME) School students, grades 3 – 5, have been creating watercolors of local wildlife. Painting watercolors alongside local artists is part of AME’s multi-faceted hands-on environmental education program that engages students with their surroundings. Throughout the year, AME students can also be seen, bird watching; growing herbs and vegetables; composting, butterfly gardening; and learning about butterflies, turtles and shorebirds. Staff, volunteers and many community partners make this possible.
The ultimate mission of this program is to develop environmental stewards and community leaders who understand that a healthy environment is an essential component to healthy thriving communities.
This is the first year these delightful paintings will be on display for the public to enjoy. In addition to over 100 of the students’ watercolors, the work of the artists who inspired and instructed the children will be on display: the photography of Dr. Lou Newman, the watercolor journaling of Lucinda Hathaway, and paintings by Marie Garafano.
Join us on May 17th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for our artists’ reception which is a zero-waste event. Enjoy light refreshments and learn from our local environmental experts about the world around us. Take part in one of a series of learning activities including drawing a dune scene to help support Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch’s effort to protect the dunes. Purchase a set of one-of-a-kind note cards bearing images from the exhibit (100% of the proceeds benefit AME’s environmental programs). Look for more fun, like a prize drawing for a basket of art supplies from Keeton’s Office and Art Supply, a sponsor of Sharing Our Shores.
Please join us to explore, support and celebrate these very talented children and our inspiring surroundings.