Washed Ashore Unveils ‘Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum’ (DUP) (DUP)

Posted Thursday January 28, 2021 by Washed Ashore



Washed Ashore Unveils ‘Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum’, to Assist Educators in Teaching Students About Plastic Pollution and Marine Habitat Impact


In 2016, research from the World Economic Forum reached a startling conclusion: by 2050, there would be more plastic by mass than fish in the ocean. Studying corporate and consumer trends, it appreated a seemingly-unstoppable increase in plastic-use combined with a terrible lack of education surrounding responsible habits was leading the planet toward this tragic result. 

At Washed Ashore, we’ve been working for more than 10 years to educate the public to the realities of plastic ocean pollution through the medium of art. In building massive sculptures made from actual plastic marine debris, we tour the country with our art to shock the public and inspire change in consumer awareness and behavior.

Since education is the root of our mission, we also look for other opportunities to spread awareness and deepen the understanding of the problems plastic imposes upon our environment, and what can be done to stop it.

This is why we teamed up with NOAA  to create this powerful 12 lesson unit which serves as an educational curriculum to help teachers, parents, and educators connect with our mission.   We created the Integrated Arts Marine Debris Curriculum as a guide to teach what exactly plastic is, how harmful it can be and how working together is an essential tool for change.

These lessons bring together the arts and sciences to help students understand the issues surrounding plastic pollution and communicate it through the language of data and visual engagement. 

From the science of material-composition of plastic, to the value of using art as language, these 12 lessons have been thoroughly developed and tested with real students and teachers thoughtfully providing feedback and guidance over a two year period.

We’re thrilled that you and your students are joining us on this learning journey. 

This is a teacher friendly Standards Based curriculum with links to math, science, english and social studies as well as the arts. Home schooling parents will also appreciate the hands-on lessons with fun extensions for all ages and abilities.  We hope to help you educate the next generation of thinkers, doers, and seekers. 

Through the combination of science and art, we can recreate the habits of the world and make it a better place.


We would like to acknowledge and thank the expertise of Patrick Chandler and Angela Haseltine Pozzi for their hard work on the curriculum. 

We would also like to thank Harbor Lights Middle School in Bandon, Oregon for helping us to pilot these lessons and also the following conferences, zoos, and aquariums for hosting curriculum workshops that enabled us to create classroom ready lessons and activities:

  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park
  • The Coastal Learning Symposium
  • The State of the Coast Conference
  • The Sharing the Coast Conference
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Brevard Zoo
  • Houston Zoo
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium