If you have not already joined one of WSU Kitsap Extension’s “Art of Science “events, you will want to put it on your list of things to do in Kitsap County. Events combine hands-on art workshops with opportunities to learn about local environmental subjects in fun venues.
On Jan. 27, WSU Kitsap Extension partnered with COASST, Harbor WildWatch, Washington Sea Grant, Jacquelyn Speare, Crane’s Castle Brewery and Augie’s Backyard BBQ to bring together friends and families to learn about coastal art and science.
Local artist Jacquelyn Speare kicked off the evening by guiding participants through an observational drawing workshop focused on unique shell specimens from the University of Washington’s shell collection. Her unique prints are largely inspired by subjects in the natural world, and can often be found at local First Friday events in Bremerton or her Etsy page.
Speare cultivated a welcoming space by encouraging participants to enjoy the process and to avoid getting wound up in perfection. While participants penned and water-colored their masterpieces, local marine experts from Harbor WildWatch shared interesting information about the marine subjects of their art.
In continuation of hands-on learning, Jackie Lindsey from the University of Washington’s COASST team passed around interesting examples of marine debris discovered in the area. She provided insights into current marine debris research and shared how participants could get involved and make a difference.
This community-science program relies on volunteers to collect data to shed light on the impacts of marine debris on wildlife and nearshore ecosystems. Some detective work is also involved, as volunteers seek to determine the source of the debris discovered on their respective beaches. Interested in joining these important efforts? Check out coasst.org.
The WSU Kitsap Water Stewardship Program is excited to continue bringing these innovative events to Kitsap residents, supported by Kitsap County. Stay tuned for future opportunities by following the program’s Facebook page or by signing up for the monthly newsletter.