Art Sphere Inc. uses the themes of oysters and water to teach the conservation of wildlife habitats through art. Unique artwork shown locally and abroad represents the joint efforts of artists and community members, who use printmaking, drawing, sculpture and painting methods as well as mythology, poetry, and metaphor to explore the symbol of water as seen in art by various cultures. See 3-foot ripped paper community-made sculptures above and clay oysters below.
Mussels and oysters are amazing creatures that by consuming the pollution from water, purify our drinking water system, prevent erosion by connecting to other oysters, and create healthy habitats for animals to thrive.
Many communities along both sides of the Delaware River have a long history of depending on the oyster. Oysters have provided a sustainable food supply and contributed to the local economy of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey communities for centuries. The local Native American tribe called the Lenape, lived by nearby streams, lakes, and rivers where they gathered and ate freshwater mussels. Clams, oysters, and scallops were also gathered from the ocean shore and bays. On periodic migrations to the coast, the Lenape gathered and ate shellfish, principally clams and oysters found in the Delaware River and its tributaries.
Connect with others in history and be creative now! Can you think of some expressions with oyster references? How about: “The world is your oyster.” The proverb first appears in Shakespeare’s play ,‘The Merry Wives of Windsor” (1602). What does that expression mean to you? How might you interpret that idea in a drawing?
See Lesson plans on theme of Oysters at:
Learn more about the history of the oyster at:
Additional resources on water/oyster issues today can be found at: