Adapatable Curriculum

Project Vortex members often collaborate with educators around the globe. We offer to share our techniques and adaptable curriculum for use in academic settings from kindergarten through higher education. Many of us independently develop and aid in the implementation of coursework designed to educate and inspire students and educators. We believe it is essential to both encourage wider use of plastic debris for art and design applications and educate about the dangers of plastic debris in our environment. 

Our growing compendium of open source workshops and courses is available below. These outlines can be adapted to suit. Most members of the Project Vortex collective are also available in their local communities for teaching engagement programs and appearances. Feel free to contact them individually or via email to info@projectvortex.org.


Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream

This college course was designed by Project Vortex founding artist Aurora Robson as an introductory sculpture course. Wide implementation of a course like this could substantially restrict the flow of plastic debris to our oceans while helping students around the world investigate and develop their own sustainable art and design practices. The focus is on transforming waste material into a 3 dimensional work of art with an emphasis on quality over quantity. It provides an introduction to environmentally conscious techniques, literature and processes. Group discussions and critiques, film screenings and readings complement studio time. Students are required to come to the first day of class with a sizable collection of material they have collected from any “waste stream” which they are inspired to use as a possible medium. The class then commences with a river, stream, creek or shore clean up and culminates with a pop-up exhibition of work created by the students at a public gallery or cultural venue. The exhibition functions as a silent auction/fundraiser with all proceeds from the sale of the students' sculptures continuing to clean up their local waterways.

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Curating The Beach

Suitable for all ages, this is a workshop to intensify love for nature and empower action created by environmental artist Liina Klauss. In ‘Curating-the-Beach’ participants look at their environment as if it were an art gallery. The findings on a beach range from shells to ghost-nets to driftwood to plastic. Everything is art material, no discrimination made. This workshop can be conducted with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 80 participants. It can happen on a beach, on the side of a road, a river or a dump. Wherever we find ourselves, be it sand, concrete, grass or wasteland it will be our gallery. Whatever we find, marine litter, rocks, flowers, plastic bottles, all will be our art material.

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Tracing Waste

Recommended for ages 4 to 99, this simple workshop was created by environmental artist, Liina Klauss, to sensitize awareness for marine pollution. The course provides a suggested interactive methodology where participants can develop their knowledge through a cleanup curation, life drawing, creative writing, sharing and discussion followed by a potential exhibition or sharing of lessons learned with family and the local community.

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More to Come…

Our goal is to provide free curriculum that can be implemented worldwide and adapted for any language or environment. If you have suggested course outlines, for any age or skill level, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@projectvortex.org