Since 2011, our Water Conservation Education Program has extended into the high school art department, where graphic design and technology students have had the opportunity to work on a variety of communications projects. While we all know that conserving water is important, conveying the message (and changing people’s behavior) is not always so simple.
As part of our education program, we visit the high school classrooms to teach students about their local water supply, infrastructure, and sources of pollution – and we discuss the role that they can play as artists and communicators. After our visit, students research water conservation topics that appeal to them, and create original art work and illustrations with the guidance of their teachers. Their art may be used in posters, street signs, photographs, paintings and public service announcements.
In addition to teaching students about water issues, our education program engages them in real world issues, and empowers them to do something about it. We essentially take on the role of a client, asking them to produce a visual message, and they get to use their creative skills in a professional manner, as though they were working in an “art studio”.
For the 2015-16 school year, there are three high schools working on water conservation themed projects: Canton, Dedham and Sharon. Once completed, the student’s artwork will be on public display. (Dates and locations still to be determined.) In past years, both Sharon High School and Milton High School had their posters on display at Doric Hall in the MA State House, complete with receptions with state representatives and staff from EPA and MassDEP.
Let us know if you’d like us to visit your school by contacting Outreach Director, Nancy Fyler at 781-575-0354 x307 or at email@example.com
Click below to see just a few examples of past work: