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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts, Art

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West

"Snows of Winter Past (2011)"

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  • This piece of art gives a now-and-future view of how climate change will affect the appearance of a beautiful mountain in Washington. 
  • This piece is accompanied by a detailed explanation from the artist, which will enhance student understanding.
Teaching Tips


  • This artwork and paired text delivers a powerful message that will get students thinking and talking.
  • This resource will work well in a variety of grade levels and classes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a general understanding of changing climates.


  • This resource would work equally well in an art or science class.
  • This piece would make an excellent component in a gallery walk that students can use as inspiration for an art project. Once students have completed their works, have them cycle through the displayed student art and record their responses and feedback to share with the class.
  • For language arts students, have them write a response paper addressing what they imagine their community will look like in 100 years.
  • Science classes can use this artwork as a hook for lessons about ecological succession, global warming, or habitat loss due to climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource contains artwork that studies climate change impacts. It could be helpful in explaining that art also conveys a message that would be insightful for students to understand climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above, with scaffolding as needed.
  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceiving and analyzing products.
      • 1.5.5.Re7b: Analyze visual arts including cultural associations.
      • 1.5.8.Re7b: Compare and contrast cultural and social contexts of visual arts and how they influence ideas and emotions.
      • 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.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
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