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Science, Biology, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Polar Regions

"Support Marine Reserves in the Antarctic: Overfishing, Bycatch, Climate Change"

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  • This resource contains a triptych (3 painting series) by Jill Pelto in response to overfishing, bycatch, and climate change in the Antarctic. 
  • This series plays with the idea of "the tip of the iceberg" and is inspired by the pressing need to protect our oceans. 
  • It contains images of the paintings and a short description of the inspiration for the series. 
Teaching Tips


  • The artwork can be a fun addition to many different lessons across many grade levels.
  • Climate art ignites emotion and climate discussion.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This resource supports lessons and the educator will need to integrate it into a pre-existing lesson.


  • Students can be challenged to represent other climate change risks threatening their community in the form of art.
  • Students could create a triptych in response to climate data that they feel passionately about.
  • Students could write a painting analysis to reflect on their interpretations of its message.
  • Other works by Jill Pelto include "Landscape of Change""Salmon Population Decline", and "Take a Lesson From Nature".
Scientist Notes
The resource conveys the need to deploy marine resources management through creating buffer zones or reserves to protect marine resources from overfishing, bycatch, and other techniques. This is recommended for teaching.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 6 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • VA:Pr6.1.8a Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
    • 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 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.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ia Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
      • VA:Re8.1.5a Interpret art by analyzing characteristics of form and structure, contextual information, subject matter, visual elements, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
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