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Photo by Jill Pelto

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Jill Pelto Gallery


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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West

"Increasing Forest Fire Activity"

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  • This is a watercolor and colored pencil artwork created by scientist and artist Jill Pelto, showing increasing wildfire activity. 
  • This painting is inspired by Pelto's experience near a wildfire in Washington State in 2015.
Teaching Tips


  • Students' engagement with works of art enhances their creativity and communication skills.
  • Analyzing a visual medium is beneficial because it allows students to discuss their interpretations with their peers and to support their views by referring to specific elements.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following concepts: wildfires, drought, temperature rise, and global warming.


  • The painting could be incorporated into science lessons on wildfires, drought, and temperature rise. It could be used as a hook and students could discuss their observations.
  • During art class, students could interpret this painting and then create their own artwork on climate change from their point of view.
  • An ELA teacher could present this drawing to students and ask them to write a descriptive paragraph describing the different elements.
  • Other images by Jill Pelto on deforestation and arctic melt would pair well with this image for a lesson.
Scientist Notes
The resource relates extreme weather conditions and forest fires. There is no contradiction in the evidence put out by the author. This resource is recommended.

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

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re7b: Evaluate the effectiveness of visual artworks to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpreting intent and meaning.
      • 1.5.8.Re8a: 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.
      • 1.5.12prof.Re8a: Interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
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