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Environmental and Sustainability Education


art1OISE Eco-Art Projects

Student-created art related to environmental and sustainability education

In recent years OISE faculty and students have been working to raise awareness and encourage action on Environmental and Sustainability Education through the creation of a series of environmental art installations.  Some of these are part of the 'Take the Stairs' Campaign, that forms a walking art gallery in the main stairwell of the OISE building, encouraging the OISE community to take the stairs, rather than elevators, (thereby conserving the energy of the elevators and improving the health and wellness of the walkers).  These artworks highlight a range of issues, including the environmental rights of children; the Fatal Light Awareness Program for birds, nature-based learning, the Cardinal Directions, and sustainability practices.  Others are found in OISE classrooms and the library.  For more information on each one, please click on the links below.

FLAP 1.0:  for the Birds: These handmade relief prints were produced to raise awareness of the plight of migratory birds and the Fatal Light Awareness Program.

Growing in New Directions: To view details of a mixed-media art installation celebrating indigenous people, plants and the Cardinal Directions, created in partnership with grade 3 students at our  Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Studies, click here.

Turning over a New Leaf This clay and metal tree installation focuses on sustainability practices in classrooms.

Turn it Off!: This art project uses light switch stickers made by primary and secondary students to encourage energy conservation.

Growing Knowledge: These murals pieces were painted in partnership with grade 1 students at our Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Studies.
Environmental Rights of the Child Art Installation: This art installation was created in partnership with grade 6 students at our Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Studies.
Teach for the Earth, Teach for the Future: This clay artwork explores on the power of nature-based learning.
FLAP 2.0/For the Birds: This art work focuses on the plight of birds in urban environments.

The Garden Towers Project This clay art installation in the OISE Library celebrates the OISE Community Learning Garden. 

Bee the Change This art installation confronts the challenges faced by Ontario bees.

On a Wing & a Prayer:  This installation uses recycled materials to raise awareness of issues faced by Ontario butterflies.

Outside In:  This mural integrates image and text to celebrate OISE's Learning Garden and its 30+ native plant species.

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