WCS Art & Science Students Participate in Public Art Project

WCS students had the opportunity to work alongside envionmental artist and Pinecrest Gardens artist in residence Xavier Cortada on a public art initiative concerning sea level rise. In early November, the artist visited with students  to explain the origins of his art project and his goal for building awareness in the community.  The message was tailored to each age group. Students in the elementary, under the guidance of Mrs. Heetderks, created intricate drawings of sea life, which made up a large banner displaying the elevation of the WCS campus.  Middle and high school students learned about South Florida's geography and its relationship to possible sea level rise. He also visited with the HS Science Club students.
By using a website created by FIU, http://citizeneyes.org/app/ students could enter a local street address and learn its elevation. On Sat., Nov. 17, students spent nine hours painting the intersection at SW 67 Avenue and 112 Street using exterior paint to create 25-by-25-foot long public mural based on Xavier Cortada's design. It is one of four intersections painted by Miami-Dade high schools that complete a 2 1/2 mile site-specific art installation which will be on display during Art Week Miami.

Thank you to the leadership of HS Art teacher April Sharpe-Shirk, Science teacher Lisa Garrido, and Fine Arts Director Donna Underwood, for connecting our students to the community through STEAM.

View "What's Your Elevation" video created by Mrs. Heeterderks in collaboration with others.

To learn more about this artist and project, visit http://cortada.com/tag/underwater-hoa/


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