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Author

EcoCamp Patagonia

Grades

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

Subject

Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Videos, 3 minutes, 50 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, South and Central America

Format

YouTube Video

Drawing the Vanishing Ice

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Synopsis
  • This video follows landscape artist, Zaria Forman, as she travels to Patagonia to create a drawing highlighting the loss of ice in the region.
  • Zaria aims to accurately show the beauty of the landscape, as opposed to the destruction, in hopes of inspiring positive change.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The artist travels to remote places that others might not be able to access as easily to document the beauty and changes over time due to climate change.
  • Her art is detailed and accurate to the landscape.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand why glacier retreat is a negative consequence of climate change.
  • The content of the video ends at 3:40 and the remaining time is credits.

Differentiation

  • Art classes can use Zaria Forman's work as inspiration to create artwork using a variety of techniques, mediums, and perspectives.
  • Teachers can conduct an SEL check-in about how the art makes us feel and how Zaria Forman wants her art to make us feel.
  • Students can search for other works of art from Zaria Forman and analyze the context and meaning.
  • Other resources related to these topics include these photographs comparing images of glaciers changing over time and this interactive media resource comparing side-by-side images of landscapes over time.
Scientist Notes
The resource emphasizes the importance of the arts in conveying the effects of climate change. Observing how our natural surroundings (such as the glaciers, ice sheets, lakes, etc.) have changed through time can be emotionally upsetting. The resource will motivate us to change how we interact with the natural world. This works well in a classroom.
Standards
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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