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Public art draws attention to water pollution problems (Design a Mural)

SUBJECTS Language Arts, Media, Social Studies, Visual Arts
GRADE LEVEL Primary (K-3) / Junior (4-6) / Intermediate (7-8) / Senior (9-12)
PLEDGE 1 - Protection of Water

Resources Needed:

1. Link to: CBC Article: Public art draws attention to water pollution problems

2. Materials:

  • paper (templates attached if needed)
  • preferred artistic medium (i.e., coloured pencils, pastels, etc.)


1. Following the introductory lesson, Public art draws attention to water pollution problems (Introduction), tell students they are now going to design their own storm drain murals.


1. Show the image of the painted storm drain from the article and ask students What makes this mural effective? (use of colour, clear and simple message, easy to read, appealing graphics, use of space, etc.). Record student ideas for them to reference as they create their designs.

2. Students choose their preferred medium and create their unique storm drain mural designs and messages.

Follow Up Activities:

1. Display student designs on a bulletin board or around the school to raise awareness.

2. Hold a schoolwide storm drain mural design contest. 

3. Paint murals around storm drains on your school property.

4. Write letters to your city officials to encourage them to hold a local design contest and/or paint designs on community storm drains to raise awareness.