April 19-24, 2015
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington
Tuition, Room and Board is $500; scholarships are available
A Full Immersion Arts & Science Experience
Water World, a dynamic collaboration between Centrum and the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, is filled with activities and projects that expand and enhance elementary students’ experience of the marine world through the lenses of both science and art.
Get to know the creatures of the sea! Explore the beach, visit a secluded pond, investigate a lagoon teeming with marine life, and more.
In collaboration with artists, scientists, and peers from across the state, students integrate scientific investigations with creative writing, dance, and visual art. The result is a multi-faceted, full-immersion learning experience.
“Water World was amazing because the aquatic learning involves art, movement, and writing allowing for the interests of all my students. They leave charged up and excited about the learning.” Stephanie Agnew, West Valley City School
Students work in small groups that rotate through activities in the field as well as in laboratories, performance studios, and natural history exhibits. Each day offers a mix of both scientific and artistic workshops. The group size is small to allow for maximum personal attention and minimum impact on fragile environments.
Evening programs include storytelling, activities at the Marine Science Center, and a student presentation on the final night, showcasing their new learning about marine ecosystems and their artistic creations.
Darwin Nordin is an accomplished visual artist whose work includes drawings, paintings and sculpture that reflect his fascination with nature. Darwin’s twenty-five-year career as a teaching artist is centered-around the creative process.
He has worked collaboratively with poets, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers and set designers. He has facilitated the creation of large mixed media artworks for organizations like the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Port of Seattle, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Museum of Glass.
He is an arts integration consultant and provides professional development to teachers and teaching artists.
Pacific Northwest-based writer Nisi Shawl’s first story collection, Filter House, won the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award, and she has twice been nominated for the 2009 World Fantasy Award.
A popular Water World teacher returning for her fourth year, Nisi has also worked with Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools, and Seattle’s Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas’ youth programs.
Shawl also writes book reviews for the Seattle Times and Ms. Magazine.
The Seattle Times calls Christian Swenson a “one-man animal kingdom” and he’s known for his
pioneering work in fusing dance, drama, and music for body and voice. Christian has performed and taught throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Nepal.
He was “The Monster” in the Minnesota Opera’s production of Frankenstein, has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center, and has been featured with the New York Improvisation Festival with The Flying Karamazov Brother’s New Old Time Chautauqua. His work has also been featured on NPR.
Nancy Israel is the Summer Camp Director and Marine Program Educator at Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
She has been Education Director for Sound Experience aboard the Schooner Adventuress, Captain/Instructor for Northwest Maritime Center, Captain and Mate for Salish Sea Expeditions, and a Field Instructor at Olympic Park Institute.
Scientists from Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) engage and inspire people of all ages in understanding and protecting our coastal and marine environment. Through its various programs, the Center teaches respect for and stewardship of the myriad life forms in that environment.
PTMSC creates active and involving educational experiences for groups, with a particular emphasis on youth. The Center also offers professional development and curriculum design for teachers. Through exhibits, programs, and publications featuring local marine and shoreline habitat, history, flora, and fauna, PTMSC encourages understanding of and participation in local, national, and international decisions impacting the marine and shoreline environment.