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Photo by Jill Pelto

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Science, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, Polar Regions

"Climate Change Data"

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  • This painting by Jill Pelto conveys data about glaciers, sea level rise, and global temperatures in an artistic manner that blends the meaning of the data with the artwork imagery.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is ideal for showing how science and math can be communicated through art.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is more information in the description below the image and there are links to the cited data for reference.
  • Students should be familiar with line graphs.


  • Art classes could use this as an example of line art and meaning through composition.
  • Students can be challenged to represent other climate change information in an artistic form.
  • Showing the painting could also be a "hook" for a science lesson about greenhouse gases, climate change, or sea level rise.
  • Other artistic resources include this mural, this artistic activity, and this online climate exhibition

Scientist Notes
The resource outlines the interaction between sea level rise, glaciation, and increasing global temperatures. Students can explore deeply to understand these interactions and gain knowledge on the underlying factors that influence our climate. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA.8.RE2.HS1 2. Orally or in writing interpret an artwork or collection of works, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found in the work and its various contexts.
      • VA.8.RE2.HS2 2. Orally or in writing identify types of contextual information that justify various interpretations of an artwork or collection of works.
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    • This is really an amazing way of teaching climate change through art.
      2 years ago