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Author

Honghikuri

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America

"Coral Mandala"

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Synopsis
  • This mural by Honghikuri in Cancun, Mexico, shows a coral reef that is half alive and half dead because of human destruction. 
  • Honghikuri made this mural to inspire action to help coral reefs worldwide, specifically the reef in Cozumel, which is dying. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This beautiful mural combines art, activism, and science to make a call to action.
  • The resource contains an artist's statement explaining the artist's intention in creating the mural.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand the impact of climate change on coral reefs.
  • Teachers may want to show students some examples of mandalas and explain the significance of mandalas in different cultures.

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections could be made in a biology class when discussing ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and using art to help stop climate change. 
  • Art classes could analyze the cultural aspects and the subject matter of the mural.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video featuring an apology letter to future generations, this project on making a "do one thing" mural, and this SubjectToClimate lesson plan that uses artwork to teach about renewable and nonrenewable energy.
Scientist Notes
The artwork re-awakens the need for coral reef conservation. It highlights how humans can limit activities that are harmful to the marine ecosystem. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.8a Compare and contrast contexts and media in which viewers encounter images that influence ideas, emotions, and actions.
      • VA:Re7.2.4a Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.8a Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
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