This art was created in 2016, so have students research renewable energy use in the United States since that year and discuss more recent trends.
Math classes could research more recent trends and create their own line graphs depicting renewable energy use to the present. Have students calculate how much more renewable energy is being used today.
Put students in groups to have them discuss how art can be used to display data and to inform the public about important topics, such as climate change.
Have students read more about Jill Pelto on her website and discuss in groups the purpose of her work and why she might have created this specific piece.
Consider further exploration of the "Outreach" tab on Jill Pelto's website for opportunities to do a video classroom visit or to use her "Science Friday" link.
For extension work, consider having students practice using graphs to evaluate the United States's renewable energy use compared with other countries.
This is a website containing the artwork of a scientist that studies climate change. This resource could be helpful in explaining that art also conveys a message and that through art, knowledge about climate change can be passed on. This is recommended for teaching.
National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
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.
VA:Cn11.1.IIIa Appraise the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.