Add some STEAM to your STEM classroom programs on this field trip! ​Students will discover the ​connections between science and art by exploring the museum’s collection.The match is perfect, since both subjects​ are based on the inquiry method—the creative thinker excels in​ science and art.

This tour looks at art and science in three ways: evolution and change; the role of color and light for the painter; and a comparison of the scientific process of ceramic and glass production. Through close observation, students will explore these ideas individually and with the group. On the tour, students follow the creative process to understand the artists’ decisions, from material selection and development of ideas, to the step-by-step processes used to work in a variety of media. Students will engage in hands-on activities and actively apply newly learned ideas ​to solve new artistic problems.

This tour includes a MAKE ART option, an additional 1½-hour art project, led by a professional art instructor. There is a $4-per-student fee to include this art project as a part of your class’s guided tour experience. At the Art School, students will explore the visual and physical nature of color through chromatography. Students separate black ink into its rainbow of components, taking the colorfully patterned results to create a unique portrait. Students will use inquiry-based learning to understand the components of black as a color and, through the use of a centrifuge, ultimately learn how to combine science and art practices. 

Classes that include the MAKE ART option ($4 per student) will explore chromatography using a centrifuge.

Classes that include the MAKE ART option ($4 per student) will explore chromatography using a centrifuge.

This tour is designed for grades 3-8.

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