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Jill Pelto Gallery


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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Washington

"Snows of Winter Past (2011)"

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  • This piece of art gives a now-and-future view of how climate change will affect the appearance of Mount Baker in Washington. 
  • This piece is accompanied by a detailed explanation from the artist, which will enhance student understanding.
Teaching Tips


  • This artwork and paired text delivers a powerful message that will get students thinking and talking.
  • This resource will work well in a variety of grade levels and classes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a general understanding of changing climates.


  • This resource would work equally well in an art or science class.
  • This piece would make an excellent component in a gallery walk that students can use as inspiration for an art project. Once students have completed their works, have them cycle through the displayed student art and record their responses and feedback to share with the class.
  • For language arts students, have them write a response paper addressing what they imagine their community will look like in 100 years.
  • Science classes can use this artwork as a hook for lessons about ecological succession, global warming, or habitat loss due to climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource contains artwork that studies climate change impacts. It could be helpful in explaining that art also conveys a message that would be insightful for students to understand climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.7a Analyze multiple ways that images influence specific audiences.
      • VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • 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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