How to make Marine Debris Art- Fishing Buoy Owl

Making art out of old fishing floats is a great way to spread awareness about the growing problem of plastic in the ocean. If you need a project for your class for World Oceans Day, consider making art out of marine debris.

This video shows how I make art out of marine debris. First, the debris is collected, soaked, scrubbed, and dried. Then, using an oil pastel, I sketch a draft of what I will be painting. Then, I use Liquitex acrylic paints to paint the buoy. Sometimes, I have to give the buoy a little coat of primer using white paint or gesso, so that the color shows through a little better.

A new study shows that some eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year. At that rate, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Ask your students to think about things that they can do to use less plastic.