Art & Science: Nature as your Muse
© Gardner Symons
Nature is a muse that inspires artists and scientists to imagine, design and create their work. This live, educator-led broadcast helped students find their own inspiration from nature. Classes from around the country to observed art and sketch natural objects during this Special Live Event.
Shorelines are rich environments that are home to millions of people, plants, and animals. Throughout history, coastal and shoreline environments have inspired many artists and scientists.
This broadcast explored the questions:
- What about nature inspires people to create magnificent works of art?
- How do scientists create and use art to help them observe details and patterns in nature?
During this broadcast students from across the country examined works of art, and practice scientific sketching methods.
This program is chat box interactive! Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.
Prepare the following for each student so that they can practice scientific sketching during program:
- plain paper or notebook (for sketching)
- leaf or other natural object
Pre-program activity: While strongly recommended is not required to participate!
The following activity is to help students practice describing the details of an image, and imagining what a place feels like. (~20 mins)
- Gather pictures and/or maps of nearby shorelines (a river, lake, or ocean).
- Share with your students that during the upcoming program they will be exploring how scientists make art related to nature. Specifically, they will be exploring art about shorelines. A shoreline is where water meets land. For example, land near a river, lake or ocean.
- Ask your students to close their eyes and think about a nearby shoreline. For the purpose of this activity, it is not necessary for each student to think of the same shoreline.
- Then, have students turn-and-talk with a neighbor about a memory, thought or feeling they have about that place.
- Show them pictures, and/or maps of a shoreline. Ask students to describe the things that they see, and how they imagine it might feel to be in that place.
Post Program activities:
- Explore how scientists use notebooks and drawings in the Science Notebooks Across Time lesson. (While this lesson is made for older students, you may adapt for your class)
- Continue practicing your scientific sketching with the Introduction to Scientific Sketching lesson or add onto your intro skills with the Scientific Sketching Practice lesson.