Richmond Hill Middle School

Dylan Moore:
Rescue the Raccoon

02/24/2016

In Georgia, many raccoons are being wiped out by automobiles and diseases such as canine distemper. Canine distemper is a disease that can affect wolves, skunks, dogs, ferrets, and raccoons.

 

To prevent raccoons from being hit by automobiles, people need to be careful and watch where they are driving. I chose to focus on the raccoon because in addition to disease and traffic, I saw that they used to be hunted for their pelts. In fact, I began to research, and I saw that raccoon pelts and many other animals are still being hunted for their fur.

 

The raccoon that I created almost looks like the real thing, so why don’t people choose to use faux furs, and save the raccoons?

 

This raccoon is mounted just like a taxidermist would mount any other trophy kill. I hope that people will begin to take care of the environment and use caution in it for the good of all animals.

 

In Georgia, many raccoons are being wiped out by automobiles and diseases such as canine distemper. Canine distemper is a disease that can affect wolves, skunks, dogs, ferrets, and raccoons.   To prevent raccoons from being hit by automobiles, people need to be careful and watch where they are driving. I chose to focus on the raccoon because in addition to disease and traffic, I saw that they used to be hunted for their pelts. In fact, I began to research, and I saw that raccoon pelts and many other animals are still being hunted for their fur.   The raccoon that I created almost looks like the real thing, so why don’t people choose to use faux furs, and save the raccoons?   This raccoon is mounted just like a taxidermist would mount any other trophy kill. I hope that people will begin to take care of the environment and use caution in it for the good of all animals.
Grace Rivera-Flecha:
See the Sea Turtle & Ellie the Elephant

02/25/2016

See the Sea Turtle -

 

For my project, I did a drawing of a turtle on the shore surrounded by washed up shells and the plastic 

rings for holding cans together.  I did this to bring awareness to the need to be careful to keep the 

shore and oceans clean.

 

Mixed media - paint on plastered cheesecloth and plaster covered ball; mounted on pine base. Size: 8 X 11 X 10

 

For my climate art project, I created an elephant because I want people to be aware that people hunt 

elephants for their tusks. I created an elephant with the tusks to show people the way elephants 

should be…totally unharmed and cared for.  We need to give them a safe place to live.

 

Mixed media - paint and glitter on mat board, sticks, and model magic. Size: 12 X 9 X 4

 

Ellie the Elephant -

 

For my climate art project, I created an elephant because I want people to be aware that people hunt elephants for their tusks. I created an elephant with the tusks to show people the way elephants should be…totally unharmed and cared for. We need to give them a safe place to live.

 

Mixed media including paint and glitter on mat board, sticks, and model magic. Size:  12 X 9 X 4

Kai Gilland:
Saving the Marsh

02/25/2016

I made this work of art to represent the marshes and some of the wildlife that was protected during a project to establish poles to be used to supply power. During the project, instead of using big trucks to put up these poles, they used a helicopter so they would not destroy the natural habitat. The thought for the safety of the environment is amazing and will help our wildlife thrive for many years to come.

 

The materials I used were: an egg carton, crayons, crayon wax, crayon paper wrappings, paper, and a small column. Each of these items represents something. The egg carton, used as the base, was considered trash, and trash often finds ways to get into waterways such as rivers that flow throughout 

Georgia, polluting them.

 

Crayons were melted down to represent the water.  The wax is made from beeswax which is found in nature. The crayon paper wrappings were taken off of the crayons before 

they were melted. The paper wrappings are made of paper which is made from trees like the ones that are in the area surrounding marshes.  They are used to represent the marsh grass.

 

The paper was used to create a dolphin, an animal found in the rivers that flow through Georgia. The paper was used 

for the same reason as the crayon wrappings.

Lastly, the column I used, the column is man-made and it is representing the poles that were put up. It does not disturb the environment as much as the previous methods because of the way it was placed (by a force from above).

 

Mixed media - melted crayons, shredded paper, egg carton, plastic Doric column. Size: 7.5 X 11.5 X 7.5

 

Maggie Hamilton:
The End of the Southeastern Pocket Gopher & The Diamondback Terrapin

08/1/2015

The End of the Southeastern Pocket Gopher -

 

I chose to draw the Southeastern Pocket Gopher because their habitat is being taken from them. They rarely have any land left and are becoming endangered as we keep destroying land to build bigger cities. I chose to sketch the southeastern pocket gopher gray as a symbol that soon they will be extinct. The green grass represents its home and there isn’t very much of it because it is being destroyed. The cityscape is painted to show how much we build and how much we destroy in the process.

 

Mixed media - paint on canvas, colored pencil and pencil on paper, and Mod Podge overlay. Size: 10 X 8

 

The Diamondback Terrapin -

 

I chose to sculpt the diamondback terrapin because they are becoming endangered due to habitat loss and being hunted.

The diamondback terrapins also get killed by crab traps. They will be put further on the endangered list if people keep building, hunting, and dropping crab traps.  

The turtle is meant to be white because it is pure and shouldn’t be killed. The shells and paint around it are supposed to represent the seafloor.

The little crabs are around the turtle to give the illusion of being on the ocean floor. There is a crab cage with a drop line on top of the turtle to show how they are being killed by these traps. The diamondback terrapin wants the food inside the cage, so it goes into the cage, and it can’t get out leading to its death by drowning.

 

Mixed media - sea shells, pipe cleaners, wire, hot glue, googly eyes, paint on canvas, and model magic. Size: 8 X 10 X 12

 

Valya Rybin:
I Wonder

02/25/2016

For my climate art project, I split the canvas into two sections. The one to the left is a green sea turtle in a polluted habitat. The sea turtle itself is covered in oil due to the bottles of toxic waste down below. Many people like to have a party at the beach, so they make a mess and their debris is collected in the tides and it’s carried into the sea turtle’s habitat.

 

Also many people like to collect their eggs and hunt them for their shells. The activity of hunting is legal in some countries, so while some here are following the law and keeping the sea turtles safe, while other people across the world are decreasing the population. The one to the right is clean healthy environment, also known as a sea turtle’s dream. The polluted environment always wonders what it’s like to have a clean heathy environment.

 

Mixed media including bead, staples, paper, glue, tape, paint, plastic toy, glitter, canvas board. Size: 10 X 17 X 2

 

Shayla Iwanski:
Staying Close to Home

08/1/2015

For my project, I did a plaster hand and globe which I painted and glued to a wooden plaque. I used the mold of my own hand to represent our new generation of which I am a part, and I used an old ball to represent our aged and very fragile home, the earth. I used the wooden base because wood is the root of our success and we need to protect it in order to continue to prosper.

  

My project is meant to symbolize the fact that we hold the world in our hands. One wrong move can destroy our homeland. We must keep it close to us because it is precious. As long as we live on this earth, we must do all that we can to take care of it and all that inhabits it. We must stay close to 

home and protect it.

 

Mixed media - paint on plastered cheesecloth and plaster covered ball; mounted on pine base. Size: 8 X 11 X 10

 

Bryanna Peters:
Environmental Love

02/25/2016

My climate art project is focused on local animals and their habitat. Living things in the sea such as dolphins, oysters, clams, and plants need our help in order for our world to be environmentally safer. We overfish our waters and that is causing a disturbance in the food chain.  We need to make our planet healthy and safe for every living organism on earth.  Pollution affects us all. If we care for ourselves, we need to care for the world that we live in.

 

I used natural features of the ocean’s landscape, but I added oil spills using paint and melted pewter. I also added a big diamond because the world is a glorious gym, and the diamond shows the earth’s value. Beads represent the little bits of trash that can make its way into the water. These pieces of 

trash are eaten when they shouldn’t be, and they sometimes enter the gills, noses, and other body parts of sea creatures. The column represents structures being built in the water. Buildings can often lead to more contamination of the earth. The glitter is used to show how the water would naturally reflect light. I love the sea creatures and the ocean. We all should care about the world because all 

life matters!

 

Mixed media including paint, plastic, shells, pewter, and glitter. Size:  14 X 22 X 7

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