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Author

Katun

Grades

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

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, Asia

"To Protect and Defend"

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Synopsis
  • This mural in Bali shows a variety of marine animals directing their anger at human pollution, particularly carbon emissions. 
  • The artist Katun wanted to depict animals coming together to direct their hostility at human-induced climate change. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The mural depicts recognizable wildlife who are all angry at humans for their pollution habits.
  • Students will be able to easily connect with the feelings of the animals, which can foster a conversation about why the animals might feel this way.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand human pollution, especially carbon emissions, and how that upsets the balance of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Differentiation

  • Students can identify and research the different species depicted and determine how their ecosystems are being impacted by human activity.
  • This mural can be used as a social and emotional learning activity to identify emotions and understand emotions even from other species.
  • This mural can be shown in tandem with Coral Gardener, a mural that shows positive efforts in the Caribbean islands to restore ocean ecosystems.
  • Another resource related to these themes includes Sea of Plastic, a mural that highlights plastic pollution in our oceans.
Scientist Notes
The art piece shows upheaval in marine ecosystems as a result of human activities. The story can motivate students to connect to nature. The resource is recommended.
Standards
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.1.6a Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value
      • VA:Re7.1.8a Explain how a person's aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and impact the visual image that one conveys to others.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.7a Interpret art by analyzing art-making approaches, the characteristics of form and structure, relevant contextual information, subject matter, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
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