_Global Warming Payton C.

Media used: Pictures off the internet-collage

         My issue, global warming, is significant because it is impacting nature all around the world. It occurs in the oceans and on land. I put polar bears and penguins on ice on my hexagon because the ice is melting and they have nowhere to go. I put an image of an animal drinking from a very small stream because drought is soaking up the water. I also have a tree stump with a bunch of cracks in the ground because of the drought. Lastly there is ice melting so it all is falling in my final picture.

         This is important to me because I love animals and our earth. Global warming is significant to the world because we only have one earth. We can’t destroy earth. We have to preserve it.

Amy Kruse
I used colored pencils and sharpies.

Air pollution is a terrible problem that keeps getting worse. There are many things people can do to not create so much air pollution. Most people though, don’t do the easy things to stop air pollution. Not only does air pollution affect the environment but, it affects our lungs. This issue is important to me because every time I go to Chicago I notice the foggy smoky air. I have been to New York too and the problem is even worse there. Most people don’t even know that this issue is speeding up global warming and killing our earth. I wanted to give some awareness to an issue that people could easily help fix. The smoke stacks in my artwork represent the buildings of the Chicago skyline. And I used darker colors because it is a dark, sad issue. 

Anna D.

The world-wide significance of rain forests being destroyed is that it is ruining the environment. The more trees we cut down, the more species we are killing. There are thousands of plants and animals that we never discovered because they became extinct. If we hadn’t destroyed their habitat we could have not only discovered them, but learned so much about them.

This is important to me because I really enjoy being outside, but much of it is being destroyed. Also, I really like animals, but their homes and habitats are disappearing. One thing being done to stop the destruction of rainforests is that forest preserves are being established. In these areas the trees and other species are protected.

The media I used to create my hexagon was markers, pencils, colored pencils, and tissue paper. I used marker for the letters and tree trunk. I used red, orange, and yellow marker for the flames of the trees being burnt down. I used the pencil to make it look like there was smoke coming off of my hexagon. The colored pencils were used for the trees being cut down in the background. For the one tree that was still alive in my picture, I crumpled green tissue paper and glued it on to the tree to make it look leafy and bright.  To symbolize the issue I drew many trees being burned and cut down with only one left standing. This represented that the majority of rainforests are being destroyed.

Isaac G.

End Child Soldiers

Many children have been forced to be soldiers against their will. Many of them die in battle. Since 2001, the participation of child soldiers has been reported in 21 on-going or recent armed conflicts in almost every region of the world.Children are especially vulnerable to recruitment by military leaders because they aren't mature enough to understand. They are easily manipulated and can be forced to go into violence that they are too young to resist. We need to help these children.

My Hexagon shows a teddy bear that represents childhood. He should be played with by a child, but the he is holding a gun. It shows how children are fighting in wars instead of playing with toys like a teddy bear. Children shouldn’t have to fight in wars. I used a symbol of childhood and showed how he was forced to be in battle. The dark background was to make the situation look sad. I used Google Images, Adobe Fireworks, and Microsoft Word to complete this image.

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The name of my artwork is “Feeding The Hungry”. I used pictures from the Internet, colorful markers and paper. World hunger is a very big problem. Lots of kids have no food of even water. This project was important to me because I want to show how big of a problem it really is. The pictures I used show kids starving for food. In one picture it shows them finally being fed. I tried to use lots of colors because to me it’s a symbol for hope.    


Mitchell Murglin

The Economy

The name of my picture is The Economy.The media is used to create this drawing was colored pencils and my pencil. The economy is an issue for the U.S. as is the national debt. Our debt is trillions of dollars. Our countries credit rating went down from AAA to AA+ which increases interest. This is very bad we owe countries tons of money which increase taxes more which me people spend less money which make the economy worse. Its a never ending cycle of making our country worse. My hexagon is important to me because the economy/national debt decides my future. If the debt increases the taxes will go up which means I will have less money to spend. Also our credit rating might get demoted even more so if I want to get a loan from the bank to buy a house it will cost even more money. To symbolize the economy/national I drew a picture of the national debt clock and wall st. The debt clock obviously symbolizes the rising debt. I mean it increase by 3.99 billion dollars a day, REALLY? The wall st. building in New York City symbolizes where all the stocks are exchange because it can help or hurt my country. I shaded the wall st. building to make it look realistic. I added the quote to make the message of the hexagon stronger by telling a crazy fact.

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Children in Africa and all over the world are being used as child soldiers to psychologically damage enemy soldiers because they are forced to shoot an innocent child. Child soldiers are easily obtained because they can be captured from villages with minimum effort. They are then given drugs and alcohol so that they will obey any order that the commanding officer has said to execute. This has impacted many innocent children who are fighting against their will. Organizations such as Invisible Children, and Child Soldiers International are using there resources to help the former child soldiers that have fought and been injured. The issue of child soldiers is important to me because I have grown up so privileged and have been raised into such a great society. When I look at some of the pictures and real-life stories of what these children have had to grow up in is completely unacceptable.

The map of Africa shows where child soldiers is most prevalent. The child crying shows how sad and unfair being forced to fight truly is. The media I used to make this piece of work was paper, pictures, and Construction paper. I chose this media because it clearly showed how Africa is one of the main places in the world that child soldiers are being used for. Also the colors red and black stand for the darkness of the issue and how much blood shed has happened to the children that are being used.

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Megan Donner

Helping Hunger
Some media I used to help create my hexagon was Google Images and UNICEF ‘s website.
Many countries in the world have either have to much or to little recourse's. The United States is one that has to much and southern parts of Africa is one that doesn’t have enough. Many countries all around the world are like this. The ones with more recourse’s are always trying to help those less fortunate. Though this would seem like it would fix the entire problem it does not. There are millions of people all around the world dying from starvation and they cant help them all at once. Also there are some people with so much that don’t want to help. They want it all for themselves. This is important to me because if just one person can convince a few people it could make all the difference because in the end imagine how many people you wold have willing to help.
In my project I drew a line down the center of the hexagon and on one side I did big strong hands holding a plate with a ton of food. The hands were strong and the background color was a bright happy yellow.This is supposed to show that they are full of recourse's and are very strong/powerful.  On the other side is weak empty hands holding nothing. They were straggly and the background color was a dark gloomy green. This is supposed to show that they have nothing and they are depending on others to help them. In the background of this side there are words like hungry,needy,poverty etc. On the other side there are words like health, strong,happiness etc. In all its supposed to show the problem, that these people have no food, and the solution, that some people are tying to help.

Molly K              "Raining Hunger"  

I used pencil, sharpie, and pictures from the Internet to make my hexagon.
My hexagon is on world hunger because i find it very sad the every 5 seconds an Innocent child dies from a hunger related problem. This is important to me because i believe nobody deserves to die for a necessity they can’t obtain.
In my work I drew an all black figure because the black shows how he is becoming just a shadow because he is so hungry. In his stomach I drew a heart because it shows he was so hungry he ate his own broken heart. Another person who looked just like him was laying on the ground dead, from starvation. Also it is raining pictures oh hungry people and it shows how there are millions of drops in a rainstorm like the millions of starving people in the world, but with a little help from other people, we can turn this into a rainbow. I also wrote about how people complain the food they eat. I wrote this because people do not appreciate the food they get! The people that are starving would kill for the half of the big mac you just threw away because it has “to many calories” or “ew!, that tastes like cardboard!” See? When your mom says people in “China   would kill you just to have your broccoli” and you say “Then lets put it in an envelope and send it to them!” Think twice because they really would.

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    Emily Erickson Cook

    _National Board Certified Art Teacher
    Technology Specialist Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach middle school art in the suburban Chicago area. This project has allowed my eighth grade students to confront global issues and to have an artistic voice that expresses their concerns and passions that one day just might change the world.

    Amy Weiss

    Global Perspectives Teacher
    World History, U.S. History, and Social Studies Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach with Emily Cook in a Chicago suburban school. While my students have learned about global issues in the past, this project allowed them to see that these are not problems that people in other places in the world have to deal with, but rather, that these are world problems, and since we all have a civic responsibility to the world, these are our problems too.


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