Calvary Day School

Richmond Hill Middle School 2018 - 19


Aubrey Rouse and Mallory Stallings




7th Grade Students


Climate Art Statement


The issue we chose to represent is oil spills in the ocean. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 1.3 million gallons of oil spilled into our oceans just by watercraft and pipes each year. A major oil spill could double that amount.


The reason why we chose this issue is because it can cause so much damage as it goes out into the ocean and affects the organisms living in it. For example, waterfowl can be poisoned when trying to clean themselves, fish and other animals that live underwater can be killed or harmed, and people can be affected as we swim or consume seafood.


As you can see from our project, the “water,” which is made of crafting resin, is foggy so that you can barely see the bottom. This demonstrates how the water would look if it contained a pollutant such as oil.  We added brown and grey paint to prove this point.


Another point demonstrated is you’re able to see through the water, and you can tell there's not much stuff in it. Meaning that the oil in the water has killed off the organisms in the ocean; killing the sea. Using molding clay, we have made the ocean floor which lays there almost fully uncovered exposing just a few rocks and shells.


In conclusion, oil spills are affecting our ocean in so many negative ways, killing off organisms living in the ocean, harming animals, and people that live off the ocean and more.


What can you help do about this issue?


Elexsis Henderson




7th Grade Student


Climate Art Statement


The drawing represents how water levels are rising due to climate change. In the image, an island is linked to a ball and chain frozen in ice. Due to greenhouse gases, temperatures have been rising immensely over the years. The increasing heat is causing the ice on the ball and chain to melt. As the ice melts, the weight of the ball takes the island down deeper and deeper, as if water levels were rising. The melting ice is causing the water to rise. With the increasing amount of water and the ball and chain seem to become heavier and the island will continue to sink. Eventually, the island will completely be submerged in water and look as if it didn’t exist.


Kathryn Corey




8th Grade Student


Climate Art Statement


For this piece, I worked with acrylics on what I was trying to focus on. I used watercolors for the sky and background. I incorporated elements of pollution, littering, and inhumane negligence. On the bottom right-hand corner, I displayed a soda can. I also featured a fishing hook around the pelican’s bill. The manatees are adorned with varying scars along their backs, heads, and flippers.

The ocean and coast are beautiful habitats, and home to many species. However, they are being neglected and abused. Animals such as manatees and Pelicans are just a few examples of creatures being affected by our carelessness. Fishermen often leave tangled fishing line or hooks on the coast and in the water. Sadly, this makes it accessible to marine life, especially seabirds. This gear can choke and immobilize the birds, making it lethal.

Manatees and other aquatic mammals suffer from reckless motor and speed boats- slow moving creatures can't avoid their path and are injured or killed by the motor blades. Their habitat is being overcome with pollution, littering, and careless boaters.

Ever since I was a kid, I've been obsessed with these real life mermaids: manatees. Known as “sea cows”, these gentle aquatic mammals were fascinating and lovable to me. The ocean and coast habitat is being wrecked by pollution and ignorance on our own behalf. I wanted to bring awareness to the overlooked coastal habitat so that the next generation can experience the same awe that I did.


Rachel Thompson




8th Grade Student


Climate Art Statement


I chose to do the red panda, because it is a soft, lazy animal people like, but a lot of people don't know that it is being threatened by habitat loss. The red panda, also known as a fire fox, lesser panda, first panda, and many more, lives in the forests of the Himalayan Mountains, which are steadily declining. If you focus in the background of my painting (specifically the mountains), you will notice that there are a lot more trees on the left side than on the right side, which represents the declining forests.


I outlined the red panda to put emphasis on it, much like people put emphasis on the animal instead of the habitat, which, in my painting, is not outlined. It is crucial to the red panda’s population that we stop the deforestation in the Himalayan Mountains. Think about all the extinct animals; the Carolina Conure, the saber tooth tiger, the stegosaurus, the white rhinos, etc. Out of all animals, do you really want the red panda to join their ranks next?

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