By combining visual arts skills with sustainability and wildlife education, youth create a platform to creatively express themselves, connect to nature in LA and to take ownership of and pride in their community. We believe this introduction to wildlife and conservation issues is the first step in leading young people to engagement in and possibly beyond Los Angeles.
The students work with professional artist mentors to learn artistic skills (color theory, composition and still life drawing). They also receive education from a wildlife expert to teach them about the amazing biodiversity that exists right under their noses in Los Angeles. The students combine these lessons by creating their own wildlife-inspired artwork on a sustainable substrate – recycled aluminum or a canvas made of fused plastic bags. The templates we use are of threatened native species. Our recent mural at Eucalyptus Elementary diverted 4,000 plastic bags from landfill (image below)!
Check out video and pictures of our recent Wild Art programs below, and See even more videos of Wild Art in action here!