California Coast

© Gardner Symons


Nature is a muse that inspires artists and scientists to imagine, design and create their work. This live, educator-led broadcast will help students find their own inspiration from nature. Join classes from around the country to observe art and sketch natural objects.

Classrooms everywhere are invited to join this FREE webchat!

Dates: Thursday Nov. 14th & Friday Nov. 15th 2019
This program will broadcast at two times on both dates
Times: 9:10am PT (12:10pm ET) & 10:10am PT (1:10pm ET)
Duration: 30 minutes
Price: Free!
Target Audience: K-2nd grade
Interactivity Options: Teacher using a Chat Box

This program will be co-hosted with Streamable Learning.

What will happen during this Special Live Event
California Coast by Henrique Pinto

Shorelines are rich environments that are home to millions of people, plants, and animals. Throughout history, coastal and shoreline environments have inspired many artists and scientists.

This broadcast explores the questions:

  • What about nature inspires people to create magnificent works of art? 
  • How do scientists create and use art to help them observe details and patterns in nature?

During this broadcast students from across the country will examine works of art, and practice scientific sketching methods. 

For schools that are interested, this broadcast also supports the California Coastal Commission's Annual Art and Poetry Contest.

This program is chat box interactive! Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

Materials to Prepare for your Students

Teachers - Please prepare the following materials for each student so that they can practice scientific sketching during the broadcast.

  • a pencil
  • a scientific notebook or paper to draw on
  • (optional) leaf from school yard or nearby park
Pre-Activity (~15-30 minutes)

The purpose of this pre-activity is to help students practice describing the details of an image, and imagining what a place feels like.

  1. Gather pictures and/or maps of nearby shorelines (a river, lake, or ocean).
  2. Share with your students that during the upcoming broadcast they will be exploring how scientists make art related to nature. Specifically, they will be exploring art about shorelines. A shoreline is where water meets land. For example, land near a river, lake or ocean.
  3. Ask your students to close their eyes and think about a nearby shoreline. For the purpose of this activity, it is not necessary for each student to think of the same shoreline.
  4. Then, turn-and-talk with a neighbor about a memory, thought or feeling they have about that place. 
  5. Show them pictures, and/or maps of a shoreline. Ask students to describe the things that they see, and how they imagine it might feel to be in that place.
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Technology required

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet.
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free application Zoom installed on your computer or tablet.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.

Grades: Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Program Duration: 30 minutes
Capacity: 75
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:10 am, 10:10 am