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Science, Biology, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

"Gulf of Maine Temperature Variability"

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  • This watercolor painting by scientist and artist Jill Pelto uses ocean temperature data from the last 15 years to show the various effects of rising temperatures and human activities on the marine environment in the Gulf of Maine.
Teaching Tips


  • Students use their creative skills to "think outside of the box" and interpret the data in this artistic image.
  • The description below the image details the elements of the artwork and their connection to the graph displayed.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the following terms: temperature fluctuations, ocean acidification, overfishing, and species.


  • In art classes, students could use this as an example of a watercolor and colored pencil art piece.
  • A math teacher could share this resource with students when learning about graphs, and students could make their own artistic graphs using the data linked in the citation or from another source. 
  • This image could be used as a hook for lessons about climate change, coastal ecosystems, or population dynamics. 
Scientist Notes
The resource displays climate variability and other influences on marine resources and habitat. Anthropogenic activities have accelerated climate change impacts on marine ecosystems. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard A1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • D.A1.6-8prof.a Collaboratively exchange strategies, concepts, and different points of view to generate innovative ideas for creating art.
    • Visual Arts: Standard B3 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • D.B3.6-8adv Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.9-12acc.b Evaluate the effectiveness of an image to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of various audiences.
    • Visual Arts: Standard D2 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • D.D2.9-12adv Assess the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.
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