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Art of the Coastal Edge

Place-based learning at Fire Mount School

Published on May 7, 2018 10:17AM

Last changed on May 17, 2018 7:23AM

Sierra Shea, Emelio Tate and Brogan Shea display their artwork.

North Coast Land Conservancy

Sierra Shea, Emelio Tate and Brogan Shea display their artwork.

Juno Keyser shows her artwork with the theme of the “Coastal Edge.”

North Coast Land Conservancy

Juno Keyser shows her artwork with the theme of the “Coastal Edge.”


The mountainous shoreline that North Coast Land Conservancy calls the Coastal Edge includes state parks, a marine reserve, a potential Rainforest Reserve and an elementary school. Children at Fire Mountain School, south of Arch Cape, spend one day each week outdoors as part of their Nature Awareness Track, and for the past two months they’ve been focusing on the natural world of the Coastal Edge around them. They’ve been using their weekly art class to record their impressions of the Coastal Edge in watercolors, pastels, ceramics and other media. See the results in a pop-up exhibition at Cannon Beach Arts Association gallery on Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, with a reception Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The gallery, at 1064 S. Hemlock St., is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The school emphasizes what it calls place-based learning, drawing lessons from the community and the landscape where the children live. The students, ranging in age from preschool to grade five, have also been creating temporary artwork in the forest and on the beach, inspired by the site-specific work of British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. Learn more about the proposed Rainforest Reserve and Coastal Edge conservation at NCLCtrust.org.



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