Ocean Discovery Day at Flower Garden Banks Marine Sanctuary

posted Jan 2, 2012, 8:00 PM by Jason Stanley   [ updated Jan 2, 2012, 8:00 PM by Jacqui Stanley ]

The last Saturday in March was Ocean Discovery Day at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offices in Galveston.

As well as a wide variety of exhibits and educational materials and visits to the Turtle Hatchery, we created a painting experience for the visitors.

I began by painting a giant - 6’ by 12’ mural that focused on the marine life of the FGBNMS.

I hung a large canvas on our garage wall at home and painted madly every day for 2 weeks solid!

I purchased 162 8”square canvases and sketched out a rough plan for the visitor artists to follow. I numbered all the canvases and took everything to Galveston. The sanctuary staff and I hung the main painting and used string to section out each 8”square on the painting and set out lots of photos and pictures of the FGBNMS marine life for the visitors to add into their canvas and we covered everything and laid out paints and brushes and waited!

The big day arrived and for the first hour we had only a few visitors. I was worried that the idea would not work, and then we were swamped, and we did not stop until the end of the day. Everyone chose their canvas square and painted a part of the coral reef and added in their marine animals and talked about each form of marine life and it’s form and function.

It was a huge success. We were all really pleased and we have a beautiful mural created by the stewards of the FGBNMS in the offices at Galveston.

Come and see!!!