Do you want to make art or do a craft with ocean plastic?
While I was doing research for Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic (Lerner Books 2022), I discovered so many incredible artists using ocean plastic in creative ways. Monika Mira of More Responsible Living in Kauai, Hawaii is all about protecting the ocean through education and art. Her artwork is simple and accessible in a way that inspires me to make my own artwork from ocean plastic. If you’re interested in making art or doing a craft with ocean plastic but don’t know where to begin, More Responsible Living is a great place to start!
Monika’s fish reminds me of a game I like to play with my kids. Before we leave the beach or river near our house, we often do a 30-minute art challenge.
- 10 minutes to pick up as much plastic as we can
- 10 minutes to come up with an idea for our artwork
- 10 minutes to make the artwork
- Celebrate by taking a photo and tagging it on social media #washedashoreart
Doing an art challenge is an easy way to clean up plastic and at the same time be creative and have fun together as a family. Give it a try!
For more games to play while you pick up plastic from your local waterway, check out the Scavenger Hunt page at the back of Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic.