Calvary Day School
Richmond Hill Middle School 2019 - 20
ZOE POTKIN (6TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: Poisoned Earth
My painting is about human impact on the Earth and space. This includes global warming, space debris, and any and all types of pollution. The left side of the painting shows the Earth if we stop all pollution, and on the right it shows what will happen if we continue polluting the Earth and don’t try to help stop it.
Global warming is the gradual increase in the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere, generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants. This can drastically change the temperature of the Earth, which can be harmful to the environment. It can also cause our polar ice caps to melt, resulting in a loss of land. This is already occurring in Venice, Italy.
Next is pollution. There are many types of pollution, but mainly I’m representing in my painting air pollution, water pollution, and light pollution.
Air pollution is a mixture of solid particles and gases in the air. Some air pollution is natural, like cow farts, but most is caused by humans, like car emissions. This can cause acid rain, diseases, and can hurt your lungs and other organs.
Water pollution is the contamination of bodies of water. It is usually caused by humans. It can be caused by an agricultural runoff that has pesticides in it, oil spills, and just throwing trash into the ocean. Water pollution can kill many animals. It can kill animals in the ocean, land, and even animals that fly. How? Animals in the ocean might eat a piece of plastic, thinking it’s their prey, and choke on it. Animals on land can drink some contaminated water without knowing. If an oil spill happens, birds who dive into the water to get food cannot get their food, and starve.
Next is light pollution. Light pollution is the brightening of the night caused by artificial lights. It disrupts ecosystems and natural cycles. Light pollution wastes energy and washes out starlight in the night sky.
And finally there is space debris. Space debris is artificial materials orbiting the Earth that are no longer functional. Space debris can hurt humans staying in space. Even the smallest little piece can break glass. This is because it is orbiting the Earth at thousands of miles per hour. I added in space debris in my painting to show that humans aren’t just affecting the Earth, but space too.
I hope you like my painting, and take care of our home too!
joy ezekwem (6TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: Battle of the Bears
Global warming has caused so many effects such as sea levels are rising and oceans are becoming warmer. Longer, more intense droughts threaten crops, wildlife and freshwater supplies. From polar bears in the Arctic to marine turtles off the coast of Africa, the planet’s diversity of life is at risk from the changing climate.
Climate change poses a threat to the places, species and people. There needs to be change sooner than later cause you never know how much time will be left to help.
iris turner (6TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: Trashy Dress
I designed this work of art to show how much plastic and “trashy” waste we put into our environment every day. My dress is made out of 100% “trash” in hopes that people will see that creating new products through recycling and re-purposing can be a reality. I want people to understand that there is a better use of trash than putting it into our environment and want the world to be a clean place to live for future generations.
Artwork Title: Bottle Cap Tiny Talk
I made these painted caps to show that art can be made out of simple bottle caps. The bows were made from the wrappers of water bottles using a series of folds to create tiny bows. Also, I used the bottle caps as a way to express my art tiny. The painted art you see on the bottle caps is small but tells a lot. By using plastic that is most dangerous to our environment to create art, change can happen little by little involving pollution that is found everywhere on Earth. “Just one simple change can make a huge difference.” - Iris Turner
Hailey Michaud (7TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: Marine Life with Climate Change
This painting is about how climate change and overpopulation has negatively affected marine life. We have to stop pollution due to these concerns.
Elizabeth rosado-castro (6TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: Would vs. Could
The left side of my painting depicts how many countries generally burn a lot of plastic waste and then throw anything else that can't be burned into the ocean, which is hurting the environment. Overall and worldwide, most of the plastic trash in the ocean comes from six countries in Asia, (China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Thailand). Burning materials like rubber, plastic bags, bottles, and more doesn’t help the atmosphere either. A total of 30 billion tons of plastic would be in the ocean by the year 2100, being over 40 times the weight of the entire human population. This would cause areas of countries having even worse air pollution because of how polluted the ocean would be.
The right side of the painting depicts how much better and environmentally friendly the world would be if we didn't use as much plastic and other non-recyclable materials. I know it might not really look like this, but it’s representing what the world could look like in the future if we find better ways to get rid of certain objects that always get thrown into the ocean and litter our world.
Danielle franze (6TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: Turtle Issues
I created this art to bring awareness of the turtles. So many of them die from all the recyclables I have used. This art shows some things can be recycled but are not, and instead these items become a part of and affect our wildlife.
AMELIA WICKLINE (7TH GRADE)
Artwork Title: The Brick Wall
This is a picture of change. The beginning to now. We have changed things on our planet and not necessarily for the better. Currently, it doesn’t seem that bad, but in the past, the Earth’s been a lot cleaner, and we’ve started to ruin it. As more people come into existence, we’re just going to make more of a mess. I know it’s not fun right now but we need to clean up after ourselves. If we don’t, who will?