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Photo by Jill Pelto

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Jill Pelto Gallery


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


Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Artwork

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"Take a Lesson from Nature"

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  • This is a watercolor and colored pencil piece by scientist and artist Jill Pelto made with paper, magazines, and natural materials such as leaves.
  • Through this painting, students can learn about the importance of living sustainably and about the emotional impacts of destroying nature. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students use their creative skills to interpret this painting.
  • They are also encouraged to be inspired by the natural cycles of nature and to embrace sustainable living.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following concepts: recycling, natural resources conservation, and sustainability.


  • An ELA teacher could present this drawing to students and ask them to write about their interpretation, feelings evoked, and what they can learn from the piece.
  • This image could be used as an exit ticket for a science lesson on recycling or sustainability. The teacher could ask students to connect what they learned in the lesson to the artwork.
  • The teacher could task students with creating their own artwork using recycled materials.
  • Students could brainstorm ways they can live more sustainably in their everyday life. Students can further explore this by reading this article on sustainable lifestyles or watching this video on reducing their carbon footprint.
Scientist Notes
Students can explore this painting to gain more insights on the need for sustainability. Natural resources conservation is imperative for students to build their skills. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.1.3a Speculate about processes an artist uses to create a work of art.
      • VA:Re7.2.4a Analyze components in visual imagery that convey messages.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.8a 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.
      • VA:Re8.1.5a Interpret art by analyzing characteristics of form and structure, contextual information, subject matter, visual elements, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
      • VA:Re8.1.7a Interpret art by analyzing art-making approaches, the characteristics of form and structure, relevant contextual information, subject matter, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
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