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Topic

Visual Art Analysis

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Duration

80 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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Art and Climate Action (Climate Heroes #1)

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Feb 28, 2024
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Synopsis
In this lesson, students investigate how artists use their platforms to spread awareness about climate change. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Teacher asks students, "How can art and artists change society? What specifically is the role of art in addressing climate change?" 

Step 2 - Investigate: Teacher shares slides of artists addressing climate change through their art. 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students reflect and write about how art and artists can change society, specifically how art can be used to raise awareness about climate change.
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Positives

  • Students consider the role of art as a form of climate activism.
  • Students are exposed to a variety of artists and types of art addressing climate change.
  • This lesson has significant cross-curricular possibilities, even though it focuses on art and artists.
  • Students begin to think about ways they might use artwork as a means of taking climate action.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 1 of 3 in our 9th-12th grade Climate Heroes unit.
  • This lesson should follow a basic introduction to climate change science, exploration of global and local impacts, and climate change solutions.
  • Some prior knowledge of contemporary art practices is useful, but not required.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can provide instruction multimodally.
  • Teachers can modify the assignment and assessment as needed.
  • Teachers can follow up with questions to ensure comprehension.
  • Teachers can pair students with helpful peers.
Scientist Notes

This lesson encourages students to think about how artists and their art can be used to teach and inspire others about climate change. Many videos are included in the slideshow. Videos include one of Sarah Lewis, an art historian discussing how one person’s artwork can shift things, and a second one featuring “Earthrise,” a poem by Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. There are an additional six videos covering artists and their artwork about climate change. This lesson finishes with great reflection questions and an opportunity for class discussion. This would be a great lesson for teaching the effects of art on the public perception of climate change.

Standards

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Primary Standards

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • 1.5.12acc.Cn11b: Compare uses of art in a variety of societal, cultural and historical contexts and make connections to global issues, including climate change.
      • 1.5.12adv.Cn11a: Assess the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values and behaviors of a society.
      • 1.5.12adv.Cn11b: Assess the impact of an artist or group of artists on global issues, including climate change.

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