Art and Science

“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” Mae Jemison

Heart-a-Day #22: Picaso at the Lapine Agile

Part of our science curriculum includes learning about trees – how they grow, their parts and the products that come from them. We’ll take a walk to see the different kinds of trees on our campus. Often, we’ll draw pictures of the trees during these walks. We’ll even put harmless labels on some of the trees to identify their parts. We’ll use these same labels for our drawings. I’ll change the words to the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to “Leaves, Branches, Trunk and Roots.” As we sing, we’ll act it out. Back in the classroom, we’ll read the A-B-C story “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” (written by Bill Marten, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Louis Ehlert). Next time we’re outside, we’ll place letters of the alphabet on the trunk of a nearby palm tree. As the year and seasons progress, we’ll draw and display trees that represent each season. For example, in Winter, we’ll show a birch tree with no leaves. In Spring, we’ll use a cherry tree full of blossoms. When I combine science with creativity, the students are engaged and their learning grows.

How can you use creativity to deepen your students’ learning in science? Perhaps they could draw a picture to hypothesize the results of an experiment. After the experiment, could they draw a picture of the results, then compare their two drawings? Is there a relevant song to introduce a science topic? Using the arts to augment your science lessons will give your students solid roots.


(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer of copyright or a license for commercial use.  The images are for personal use only.  No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr.)


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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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