Students at Mountain View Elementary School were immersed in the study of sea life recently as part of a unique artist in residency program affiliated with the Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre.
For an entire week, every class learned more about creatures in the sea and made beautiful florescent fish “puppets” to use in a school-wide black light musical performance at the end of the week for their parents. Other students and teachers performed with more than 150 other puppets brought by the theater including jellyfish, dolphin, sharks, sea turtles and a 14-foot-long humpback whale, Humphrey.
Mountain View principal Rosemary O’Neil said the Sea Art program which blends visual arts with the performing arts and marine science and conservation education was a huge success. “The students were so excited all week,” she said.