Over millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the oceans.
Innocent animals get covered from head to toe.
Lots of humans’ homes get damaged as well.

Several global initiatives are taking place.
People are cleaning up the spills.
Institutes, such as the Audubon Nature Institute,
Lend a hand and treat affected animals.
Let’s all offer help, and lend a helping hand,
So take a stand and help prevent oil spills.  

Oil spills are important to me because I love animals and seeing something that is this big of an issue in the world makes me want to make a difference and address it to the world. Also, I want to find out ways that other people are making a difference. I chose to use oil pastels to make my artwork because the colors were bold and blended together very well which made a bigger affect and represented the oil spills better. In my art I made a picture of a sea otter in an oil spill to represent how innocent animals are getting harmed and covered in the oil, and how people should do something to help. 


Gabby C.
03/02/2012 8:58am

I like how you drew the sea otter in the oil spill because it really represents what happened.

Megan K.
03/02/2012 8:59am

I love how you added the poem! The oil pastels look really nice in your artwork, and I think you did a great job!

Alli B.
03/02/2012 9:07am

I like how you illustrated the animal in the oil, it looks really cool!

Juliana H.
03/02/2012 9:11am

Your poem is so creative, and I love how you drew the oil!

Tripp T
03/02/2012 9:24am

Nice picture, i like how u illustrated the cause of oil spills. The animal is very well drawn

Maddy H.
03/02/2012 9:52am

You did a really good job on drawing. It looks really cute and sad.

Megan W.
03/02/2012 10:00am

OMG I love the otter! The picture totally illustrated your problem!

03/02/2012 10:06am

I really like how you make the otter look like i has emotions.

03/02/2012 10:11am

I like how you made the otter look like it has emotions.

Hannah M.
03/03/2012 7:23pm

I really like your drawing of sea otter in the oil spill. I liked how you added a poem to explain your issue. I think you did a great job!

Carolyn R.
03/05/2012 9:46am

I really like your poem. It's so creative. Nice job on the hexagon!

Agnieszka I.
03/05/2012 9:57am

I like how your poem is explaining the issue and your sea otter looks really good. Great job!

Maggie R.
03/05/2012 3:48pm

Julia I love your hexagon, the sea otter is adorable! plus the poem was so creative! i love it!

Ms. Weiss
03/12/2012 8:48am

Your poem was extremely creative. It is amazing that you were able to put so much factual information into it without loosing any of its creativity. Nice job!


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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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