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Drawing C.O.R.A.L. Project teaches local students about ocean acidity

August 22, 2019 | Media Attention
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The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities recently held the Drawing C.O.R.A.L. (Calcifying Organisms in a Rising Acidity Level) Project.

Drawing C.O.R.A.L. Project

 Students examined coral and fossil fragments and used basic drawing techniques to draw their forms. Photo provided.

The SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities recently held the Drawing C.O.R.A.L. (Calcifying Organisms in a Rising Acidity Level) Project, which aims to teach high school students about rising carbon dioxide levels and its effect on ocean life. Duke Energy sponsored the event. 

Almost 1,000 students from 13 high schools and student organizations participated in the program. 

“As an arts-integrated project, our objective was to teach students about a current scientific problem and how artists can use their media to convey information that may positively contribute to public awareness and understanding,” Elaine Quave, Governor’s School visual arts faculty member, said.

The program used a combination of biology, chemistry, and visual arts to craft a curriculum.  Students examined coral and fossil fragments and used basic drawing techniques to draw their forms.

The drawings were then used to create a mosaic, which highlighted coral diversity and color. The blue-yellow gradient reflected the changes in ocean chemistry, where increases in yellow meant higher acidity.

Projects like Drawing C.O.R.A.L intend to bring artists, educators, and students together in the community.

The mosaic will be on display until Sept. 1 at the Chapman Cultural Center, located in Spartanburg, S.C. Admission is free.


This exhibit is sponsored by Duke Energy and a part of the Coldwell Banker Caine Youth Art Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center.

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