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Environmental and Sustainability Education

OISE 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 the plight of migratory 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. View more

Growing in New Directions

This mixed-media art installation celebrates children's learning about Indigenous people, native plants and the Cardinal Directions; it was created in partnership with grade 3 students at the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Studies. View more

Turning over a New Leaf

This clay and metal tree installation focuses on sustainability practices in classrooms. View more

Turn it Off!

This art project uses light switch stickers made by primary and secondary students to encourage energy conservation. View more

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. View more

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. View more

Teach for the Earth, Teach for the Future

This clay artwork explores on the power of nature-based learning. View more

FLAP 2.0 - For the Birds

This art work focuses on the plight of birds in urban environments. View more

The Garden Towers Project

This clay art installation in the OISE Library celebrates the OISE Community Learning Garden. View more

Bee the Change

This art installation confronts the challenges faced by Ontario bees. View more

On a Wing & a Prayer

This installation uses recycled materials to raise awareness of issues faced by Ontario butterflies. View more

Outside In

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

Casting a Wide Net

This wall mural investigates the challenges faced by native fish species in the Great Lakes. View more

Keywords for a Just Recovery

Our first digital installation explores the components of a 'just' recovery from the pandemic. In process throughout 2021. View more