Climate Change Typology

By Karen Mathison

Produce a photographic or drawn series of artworks based around the theme of Climate Change

Don’t forget to share your image series or post online and tag @natsatclub and @blackburncollegenatsatclub



The materials you will need depend on whether you’d like to create a series of photographs, drawings, or digital drawings. These could be:

  • A camera or camera phone
  • Layout app, or equivalent that will let you assemble images


  • Pencil or something to draw with
  • Paper or something to draw on


  • – “Krita is a professional free and open source painting program.”



Firstly a little bit of research…

So, what is Climate Change?  and why is it happening?

What does Typology mean?

Research Hilla and Bernd Becher, German Photographers

What do you notice about their photographs?

Images by Hilla and Bernd Becher source


Images by Hilla and Bernd Becher source


Andy Warhol’s soup cans source


Create your typology

Look around your house and find a series of items that can represent climate change. These might be things that use energy, or perhaps plants that help to absorb carbon dioxide.

  • If you are making drawings either divide your Paper into 9 equal parts or use 9 different pieces of the same size paper (3×3)
  • If you are creating a digital drawing using an online drawing tool like, then ensure you divide your screen into 9 sections (3×3)
  • If you are taking photographs make sure that they are taken in the same orientation (ie. The same way up, either landscape or portrait) and then use an app to bring them together in a grid.




Thank you for taking part in the Blackburn College Saturday Club Workshop.


Resources & References

Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher:


Contributed by Karen Mathison, Blackburn College Art&Design Saturday Club

Karen is a photographer and artist as well as the tutor of the Art&Design Saturday Club at Blackburn College. Initially centring her personal practice primarily around documentary photography, her personal photographic practice now focuses on the representation and the familiar of local communities and places, reflecting on society from varying points including change and loss.


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