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Author

Katun

Grades

K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Art, Social-Emotional Learning

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, Asia

"To Protect and Defend"

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  • 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. 

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.
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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • 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.Ka Interpret art by identifying subject matter and describing relevant details.
      • VA:Re8.1.2a Interpret art by identifying the mood suggested by a work of art and describing relevant subject matter and characteristics of form.
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