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Cinzah Merkens


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Visual and Performing Arts

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"Kalevipoeg's First Flight"

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  • This mural in Tallinn, Estonia depicts the image of an eagle, which is a symbol of strength and power. 
  • The artist hopes that through the appreciation of this work, the viewers can reflect more on the impact we have on the environment. 
Teaching Tips


  • This mural can be used to creatively connect art and science topics.
  • The resource contains a link to explore the mural using Google Maps.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Kalevipoeg is a hero from Estonian folklore who rode on the back of a great eagle.
  • Watching the embedded clip about the Mextonia Festival with the students could aid art appreciation.
  • An artist's statement at the bottom of the page has more background information about the mural.


  • Students could discuss the inspiration derived from contemplating the painting, and could even use this to spur their own ideas for climate change-related art.
  • Science students could read this article about shifting movement patterns of different animals, including eagles, due to climate change.
  • Students may also enjoy the murals "Embodiments of Yakshini" in Sri Lanka and "Coral Gardener" in Grenada.
Scientist Notes
The artwork shows the importance of protecting sea creatures and other natural resources and enhances interconnectedness with nature. Some of the sea creatures like the sea eagles play a key role in connecting man to nature. This is recommended for teaching.

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

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 6 - Conveying meaning through art.
      • 1.5.12acc.Pr6a: Make, explain and justify connections between artists or artwork and social, cultural and political history.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re7a: Recognize and describe personal aesthetic and empathetic responses to the natural world and constructed environments.
      • 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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