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Author

U.S. Global Change Research Program

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, English Language Arts, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

Global

Art x Climate Gallery

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Synopsis
  • This art gallery displays a compelling portrayal of climate change in the United States, including its causes, impacts, and the strength of our collective response.
  • Students will see the winners of the U.S. Global Change Research Program art contest, as well as the complete collection, each with its narrative describing the climate issue or solution depicted.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The youth entries, some of which were award-winners, will empower students.
  • Art teachers will appreciate that each artwork has a descriptor of the medium or mediums used.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand climate change and humanity's part in creating global warming.
  • Vocabulary for many artists' statements is rigorous, so teachers should include a mini-lesson or graphic organizer for unknown terms.

Differentiation

  • Teachers and students can view the collection as a whole or select individual pieces to emphasize the current topic for instruction. There are pieces to extend discussions about environmental racism, biodiversity, sea level rise, wildfires, pollution, and many other climate change topics.
  • English teachers can have students study the artworks and then choose one piece as a basis for a personal narrative about climate change. 
  • Students can evaluate the use of symbolism in many of the pieces.
  • Science teachers can have students select a piece of art and then connect that art to research about a climate change problem or solution to help form a hypothesis.
Scientist Notes
This resource is a collection of art showcasing 92 pieces from artists across the US. Each piece portrays climate change in some way. Most pieces depict a climate change impact, cause, or solution. Each piece has a statement from the artist describing the art. This collection illustrates how much our world connects to climate and climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.1.IIIa Visualize and hypothesize to generate plans for ideas and directions for creating art and design that can affect social change.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 6 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • VA:Pr6.1.Ia Analyze and describe the impact that an exhibition or collection has on personal awareness of social, cultural, or political beliefs and understandings.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
      • VA:Cn11.1.IIa Compare uses of art in a variety of societal, cultural, and historical contexts and make connections to uses of art in contemporary and local contexts.
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