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Author

Katun

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, Asia

"To Protect and Defend"

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Synopsis
  • 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. 
Teaching Tips

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.
Scientist Notes
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.
Standards

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.
      • 1.5.5.Re7a: Speculate about artistic processes. Interpret and compare works of art and other responses.
      • 1.5.8.Re7a: Explain how a person's aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment, and how they impact the way in which visual messages are perceived and conveyed.
    • 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.
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