Trash or Treat Contest shows the impact of trash on beaches through art

Fifth and sixth grade students at the Intermediate campus had an opportunity to take part in a unique project in conjunction with the Mission-Aransas Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Students developed sculptures made of individual pieces of marine trash – a hands-on, creative approach to learning the impact trash has on local beaches and ocean wildlife.
Students used personal experiences when creating their art projects. Prior to the contest, scientists from the UT Marine Science Institute visited students in the classroom to talk about marine trash. Students also received a close-up view of the problem by participating in beach clean-up events with the scientists last spring.
The art contest showcased students’ creativity by turning 300 pounds of marine debris into works of art. Over 60 entries were received for the two categories, Dia de los Muertos and Get Creative. Three local artists and three individuals from the Marine Institute judged the entries and selected six finalists for each category. Some of the winning pieces of art will be displayed at the Corpus Christi Dia de los Muertos Festival on October 29.
Hats off to the winners of the Trash or Treat Art Contest:
Get Creative
Ambrosia Kleiner
Christine Lardin
Jaye Dugan
Mathias Lavoie
Nora Wold
Presley Spittler
Dia de los Muertos
Shylynn Garcia-Enman
Isabella Graves
Kyrie Proia
Piper Ujhely
Violet Gerlach
Ireland Bailey


Art contest winners

Winners of the Trash to Treasure Art Contest