Integrating Science and Visual Art

OVERVIEW: Art utilizes a set of process skills that is structured, sequential, and directed at observing with our senses. Like the process of scientific inquiry, the process of art inquiry involves close observation, sorting sensory input, and arranging information all for a greater understanding and interpretation of the world in which we live. The creative act of problem solving within the confines of limited materials, time, and space further develops skills of application, categorizing, and relating.

Observe: To look closely at a subject. The act of seeing.

Communicate: To replicate through drawing, painting, or sculpting in order to share or express ideas.

Compare: Juxtaposition of textures, perspectives (closer/ farther), tints and shades, realism vs. interpretation.

Order: The sequence of using materials. Examples: Watercolors generally get applied light to dark. Clay must be wedged before manipulated.

Categorize:  To group media as a single medium or mixed media. To group objects and subjects for effect. (Logical as in a still life/Illogical as in a surrealistic landscape)

Relate: To connect the artist to the subject and the observer to the art rendering.

Infer: To find meaning in the art as a whole or in its individual elements.

Apply: To notice/discuss aesthetics, historical and cultural context, and be aware of the ideas, information, and knowledge acquired

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