The museum’s next curriculum-aligned exhibition at Spalding House is all about plastic—the good, bad, and ugly, with a special look at marine debris and how it can become art, and why it sounds the alarm for marine conservation. The exhibition is on view from Feb. 3 to July 10.

To help educators make the most of Plastic Fantastic?, the museum has created a teacher workshop that takes place on Feb. 13, 2016. Get a preview of the exhibition and learn about the student guided school tour and art project.

Plastic Fantastic? marks the first time these education-driven exhibitions is taking an interdisciplinary approach. This way a single global issue can be tackled from different perspectives, whether that be science, math, literature or social studies.

Part of the exhibition looks at the history of plastic as an art-making material, as well as how five contemporary artists use plastic in their art: Los Angelesbased Dianna Cohen’s plastic-bag collages; installations by New Yorkbased Aurora Robson and Maika‘i Tubbs; photography by Seattle-based Chris Jordan, and the textile work of German artist Swaantje Guntzel. Focusing on this section of the exhibition, the workshop includes a hands-on “Make Art activity that will be offered as part of the Plastic Fantastic guided school tour, as well as a walkthrough of the exhibition. The session concludes with a boxed lunch in the classroom and an opportunity to discuss the exhibition with fellow teachers.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up for this workshop today.

WHAT: FREE Teacher Workshop: Plastic Fantastic? Teacher Workshop
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, Spalding House (2411 Makiki Heights Drive)
WHEN: Saturday, February 13, 2016; 9am–1pm

Funding for Plastic Fantastic? has been provided by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, founded by Jack and Kim Johnson to support environmental, art, and music education. Also generously supported by the Louis L. Borick Foundation.

This project was developed in partnership with the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation, Surfrider Foundation–Oahu Chapter and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.

Email gro.muesumululonohnull@elgnej for more information or to RSVP.  To RSVP, please include name, contact phone number, school and grade level you teach.