Visual artist Emily Read guided students at Carlyle Elementary School in creating a collaborative work of art to present at their Exhibition Fair in February.  The result was a spectacular, enormous, vibrant World Globe representing the possible future of our planet.

The grade six classes had been researching climate change and synthesizing information about human impact on the environment.  To fulfill the art component of their school project, the students were led by Emily to create a 3D globe representing what the world currently looks like on one side and what the Earth will look like in 100 years if we don’t make any changes. The students brainstormed what they believed the Earth would look like in the future if we don’t change our ways. Emily divided the students into groups, each representing one aspect of the globe (land, water, cities and animals), and the globe was built using a beach ball, papier maché, and other recyclable materials.

Emily Read (B.Ed, BA Fine Arts) has ten years of teaching experience and has been a professional artist for over five years. Emily says her motivation is to “explore the complex relationship between humans and nature, to help the vulnerable and the voiceless”.

Carlyle Elementary School’s ArtistsInspire Grant experience was made possible by an ELAN Quebec/LEARNpartnership for students from Quebec’s English-speaking communities to participate in arts and culture experiences, thanks in part to funding from Heritage Canada through the  Government of Canada#elanqc #elanarted #elanace #artistsinspire#TeachLearnHelp

The World Globe being displayed during the Exhibition Fair at Carlyle Elementary. (Photo by Christina Mallozzi)

Collaborative World Globe during its construction, showing the side that represents what might happen if we do not change how we treat the earth. (Photo by Christina Mallozzi)