Students from Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, La are filmed collecting critters along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain in the LaBranche Wetlands during a Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Trip!
Diane Sawyer hosts the ABC Children First Special Protecting Our Planet that features Destrehan, Louisiana’s Harry Hurst Middle School Wetland Watchers Service-Learning Project in a nationally aired documentary. Globalvision media based in New York granted permission to post this segment!
Birmingham artist Dr. Don Stewart has teamed up with service-learning guru Barry Guillot’s Wetland Watchers to help rebuild the Louisiana coastal landscape.
Last April, the physician-turned-visual humorist was invited to speak with science and art students at the Hurst Middle School in Destrehan, LA. Stewart was also there to gather material for a new drawing, which will be used to publicize and raise money for the Wetland Watchers.
Stewart was the guest of Barry Guillot, an award-winning middle school science teacher who is using the local wetlands as an outdoor laboratory to teach his students about the environment. “Mr. Barry”, as he is called by local custom, is known nationally for his educationally-based wetland reclamation efforts – the Wetland Watchers – and for his leadership in the growing Service Learning movement. Among his many kudos, Guillot has been recognized by filmmaker George Lucas’ Edutopia program as one of the leading educators in America.
“Mr. Barry discovered my work hanging in a local McDonald’s restaurant, and contacted me about doing something to promote the Wetland Watchers project,” Stewart said. “We decided on a composite drawing of an alligator, made out of things native to the wetland, and to the New Orleans area”. Composite refers to the artist’s characteristic drawing style, creating large pictures from a number of smaller images.
Stewart received input directly from the students, who gave the artist a long list of items to include in the drawing. In return, he has been keeping them up to date on the project, sending sketches by e-mail to show them how the drawing is developing, step by step.
“We plan to have an unveiling of some sort in December,” Stewart said. Guillot has an impressive number of corporate sponsors backing his efforts, and is also in contact with the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s office. The idea will be to sell prints of the alligator drawing to promote the Wetland Watchers.
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Alabama Artist, DOn Stewart, and Hurst teacher Barry Guillot pose in front of Don's composite drawings on display at the McDonalds in Laplace. This is where Guillot was first introduced to Stewart's work.
Alabama artist, Don Stewart, meets with students at Harry Hurst Middle to determine their ideas on what should be included in a composite drawing themed on wetlands.
Don Stewart's creative art is called composite drawing, where a large pictuer is created from many smaller objects that fall in the same theme. For example, this is Don's motorcycle that is entirely built from different foods and is creatively entitled "Fast Food"!