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Jill Pelto Gallery, Jill Pelto


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


Science, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

"Rising Mitigation"

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  • Jill Pelto incorporates graphs into visual art by blending the meaning and relevance of the data into an artistic representation.
  • "Rising Mitigation" uses bar and line graphs of renewable energy use and sea level rise in a mixed media painting of the Maine coast, impacted by both of these factors.
Teaching Tips


  • Students will combine analytical and creative modes of critical thinking.
  • Combining different subjects helps students engage with the content in new and interesting ways.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to read a graph and understand how they are representative of information.


  • Art classes can use this as an example of line art, dual representation, and how to use art to create a narrative.
  • Math classes can use this as an example of how math and data analysis are relevant in other subjects and disciplines.
  • Science classes can use this as a way to connect spirit and emotion with scientific inquiry.
  • Students could explore the science of climate change using this video and look at other examples of artistic expression using these resources.
Scientist Notes
This resource outlines the impact of sea level rise in Maine as result of fossil fuel emissions using a variable time span from 1880-2020, additional links in the resource contain datasets from the EPA, which are accurate and valid. This resource is recommended.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS.ESS3.6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity (i.e., climate change).
  • Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 5 - Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
      • VA.5.PR2.8 2. Summarize and analyze why and how an exhibition or artworks may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
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