How do artist and scientist explore?
- Artists and Scientists use exploration as a means to visualize problems and implement solutions.
- Art and Science explore by connecting existing ideas to new knowledge
- Artists and Scientists use their senses to analyze and communicate new discoveries
- What does exploration mean for artists and scientists?
- How can science be used to explore art?
Unit Introduction Materials:
Scientific Process Template
Artistic Process Template
- shallow bowl
- coffee filters
- Clear drinking glass with water
- Spray starch
- Rubber bands
- cups or paint bottles (may also use bowls above)
Artistic Process, Scientific process, artist, scientist, exploration
Introduction to Unit:
We are going to begin a unit on exploring using the idea of lost and found. You will be exploring different methods of solving problems. We are going to be keeping exploration journals to record the process as well as your ideas, designs and reflections. Lets begin by asking a few questions: How do artists and scientists explore? What methods do they use? Is there a process? Have students brainstorm and write their ideas on the board.
Artist - Artistic Process Template
Scientist - Scientific Process Template
We are going to try a couple short explorations to help you compare and contrast different ways of approaching a question or problem. Use your artistic and scientific templates to record the process. What similarities do you see between the two activities? What are the differences?
- Before students start have them select a color scheme: primary, secondary, complimentary, analogous, neutral, etc.
- Students flatten the coffee filter and place it in front of them.
- Use the markers to draw patterns and designs on the coffee filter.
- They should fill the entire space, encourage them to watch how the color spreads, describe what they see using the artistic and scientific models.
- Then place the coffee filter over a cup or paint bottle and secure with a rubber band or piece of yarn.
- Spray the coffee filter with starch. Describe what happens.
- Take out a dinner plate and lay one of each color of Skittles, leaving a little space around each one.
- Fill a glass with water.
- Using a pipette or dropper, squeeze a little water onto each piece of candy to start dissolving the shell.
- While you wait for the candy to dissolve, cut your filter paper into a square.
- Draw a pencil line about 2 cm from the bottom edge of the paper. Do not use pen, because the ink will run. This is your origin line.
- When the water around the candy has turned color, squeeze the colored water into the pipette bulb.
- Drop a few drops of colored water on the origin line on your filter paper. You may need to add several drops to ensure you have enough dye.
- Repeat this with each color, leaving about 2 cm between each color.
- Let the filter paper dry completely.
- Prepare a salt mixture of 0.1% for the solvent by adding 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt to 3 cups of water (1g of salt to 1L of water)
- Mix until the salt has completely dissolved.
- Pour a small amount of the salt mixture into the bottom of a glass or jar.
- Place filter paper in the glass with salt water so that it is standing up and the bottom is barely touching the surface of the salt solution.
- You can tape the top of the filter paper to a pencil and hang it down into the solution if you have a hard time getting it to stay right at the surface.
- Observe the salt water rising up the paper by capillary action until it is almost at the top.
- Remove the paper from the glass and mark with a pencil where the solvent stopped.
- Let the paper dry completely.
Record the process on each template. Try using art words like shape, color, texture on the artistic template and science words like solution, dissolving, matter on the scientific template.
What are the similarities and differences between the artistic process and scientific process?
Was it difficult to use only art words on the artistic template and science words on the scientific template?
Activity 1 above was based on an art project located at The Crayon Lab
Activity 2 above was based on an experiment located at Colorful Kitchen Candy Science.