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Studying Art and Science - More Than Mixing Colors!

By Lynn Hogan

Added Friday, May 27, 2005

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 6 No 20 May 27, 2005
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Lynn Hogan. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome to the Homeschooler's Notebook!
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Notes from Lynn: Guest Article:
--Studying Art and Science Together -
More Than Mixing Colors
Helpful Hints
-- Clep Tests Save You Money
Question of the Week:
-- Getting Hubby Involved
Reader's Response
-- Kindergarten with Asperger's


First off, I want to thank all of your for your kind words in
regards to my daughter's graduation. I also appreciate the job
leads that were sent. It never hurts to have input from folks
around the country during this time in their lives. I thank you
for your kindness.

One last thing: This is the NCHE weekend (state book fair
convention) in Winston Salem, NC. If you are in the area,
please stop by the What?? Me Teach High School Biology? table.
I will be helping Bridget again this year. She has created a
chemistry program along the same lines as the biology program
and will have that at the convention. The name of her program
has changed but the methodology and expertise remains the same!
Also her covers were designed by my son-in-law. Check out his
work! Even if you do not have a high school student, stop by
and say hello!

This is the last Friday of the month and therefore we get to
hear from someone OTHER than me in this spot. This week's
article is from Michelle Eichorn and Cindy Hullings. I've known
Michelle and Cindy for years. As a matter of fact, I am
carrying their kits on my website as soon as I can get them
physically added to my science page. In the meantime, you can
check out their website at
http://www.treasureboxpress.com .

Studying Art and Science - More Than Mixing Colors!

Art and science blend in many ways and can be combined to expand
a science topic into a unit study. Sometimes science can be an
intimidating subject for both parent and student. Your child
may favor art projects over science experiments. By adding an
art component to a science study, you can draw in the interests
of a child while making science fun.

Science and art both involve experimenting. Scientists use the
scientific method to observe what will happen when variables
are changed or kept the same. An artist may experiment with
different media, lighting, color, etc., to create a new work.

Artists may gain their inspiration by observing nature or from
the results of scientific exploration. In 2001, an artist
named Pamela Bannos and an astrophysicist, Farhad Zadeh,
jointly presented an exhibit called "Imaging and Imagining
Space" at Northwestern University as part of a program
sponsored by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Both used images taken from optical, x-ray, and radio telescopes
to create their art. Dr. Zadeh ran the images through a
computer to produce photographs. Pamela Bannos created
artistic photographs from the real photographs by using a
projector, enlarger, glass, petroleum jelly, and spray paint.
The images "painted" by Pamela Bannos appeared so realistic
that an astronomer viewing the exhibit thought one of her
paintings was a real photograph of the remnants of a super nova!
To view more information on this exhibit and some photographs
from the exhibit, visit
What a fun way to learn about the solar system!

Art and science come together in other ways. Art experts also
use scientific methods to authenticate paintings, determine the
rate of deterioration, and identify the best ways to preserve a
piece of art.

Tips for adding art to a science unit:

Study an artist who has a work whose subject is related to the
science topic. For example, a study of plant life can be
enhanced by studying Van Gogh and his famous still life
"Sunflowers". After gathering flowers (grown as part of the
science unit) have your child paint their own still life

Find an artist who utilizes a scientific concept or technology
to create their art. For example, examine the art of Nam June
Paik who uses technology to build robotic sculptures.

Examine the works of an artist whose style is directly related
to the science topic you are studying. Study the optical
illusions of M. C. Escher as part of a study of the senses and
have your child draw some of their own.

Read biographies of famous artists and study quotes from them.
Ask your child what they think the quote means. Paul Ganguin
once said, "I shut my eyes in order to see." These types of
activities add history, critical thinking, research and writing
for a more in-depth unit study.

Here's an idea for adding art to a study of robots!

Not all artists use traditional media such as clay, paints or
pencil to create art.

A modern artist, Nam June Paik, uses television sets and radios
to create robotic sculptures! Nam June Paik was born in Korea
in 1932. His family left Korea during the Korean War and fled
to Japan. Later in life Paik settled in Germany and then in
New York City.

He is the first artist to use video as a form of art. He builds
sculptures out of televisions, computer monitors, radios, VCR's
and DVD players. Then, he plays videos on the screens and
monitors. His art is called "video art". Nam June Paik is
known as the "Father of Video Art". He has won many awards for
his high tech art. Nam June Paik currently lives in New York

Use the Internet or magazines to find photos of television sets,
tools, and radios, create your own robotic sculpture. Cut out
the image and glue them to construction paper. If you have
brads, you can attach the robot parts together with brads to
make a "moving" robot. Is your robot designed to do something
specific? Or, is it modeled after a friend or family member?

Michelle Eichhorn is a homeschooling mother of 7 years. Cindy
Hullings is a homeschooling mother of 10 years. They are co-
owners of Treasure Box Press.




My eldest son took CLEP tests for Western Civilization 1 and 2,
American Government, and Freshman Composition before he entered
community college last fall. He was able to get 12 credits
from his CLEP scores which meant that his college course load
was a lot lighter than usual, giving him more time to study and
get good grades as well as hold down a part time job.

When I started using Streams of Civilization last fall (2004),
my 8th and 10 grade kids both groaned. I assured them that this
would probably be the last time we would cover these historical
periods. I supplemented the book by watching and discussing
lots of educational videos from the public library. They had to
define vocabulary from each chapter as well as take the chapter
tests. Last week they both passed the CLEP test for Western
Civilization 1. Now they each have 3 credits for college and I
am so proud of them. After taking Biology this year, my 10th
grader plans to intensely study it for the next 6 weeks and
then take the Biology CLEP test in mid July.

Next year, we plan to study American Government and finish up
with the CLEP test for that subject. Taking CLEP tests are a
great way to accumulate college credits cheaply (only $70 per
test) and the results transfer to almost all colleges. You can
find more information about the 35 different CLEP tests offered
at http://www.CollegeBoard.com. - Rhonda


How can I get my husband more involved? He never asks about grades,
what we've done that day, what we've learned, etc. The only
time he shows any interest is when he tries to impose a
schedule of some kind or to ask if we've finished a grade yet.
He thinks we should be done by a certain date "or else it's
off to public school." - Carolyn


NOTE: my publication of these responses does not necessarily
mean that I endorse a product or an activity. You make your own
decisions about how these responses might work in YOUR school!

I have a home bound kindergarten son that has asperger's. He is
having trouble with the phonics method of words and reading.
Any ideas on what other method or approach I could try?


My son is in kindergarten and has asperger's. Phonics is not for
him either. I came up with the whole words approach to learning
words. I made a word wall and he seems to do a lot better with
it. Hope this helps. - Misty

At this age, children love to be outside and they love to look
at everything that crawls and walks by. They love to collect
leaves and flowers and bugs! I would take him out several times
a week and let him "find" the treasures that only a 5 year old
can see! He will become so excited and will want to share his
discovery with you, that is a good time to do a little teaching.
For example, a caterpillar. What child does not look with
fascination at a caterpillar? You could tell him about how
hungry he is and that is why he is on a leaf. You can explain
that one day he will make a cocoon and sleep for awhile. Later,
he becomes the beautiful butterfly that we see on our flowers!
Take some paper and crayons and let him draw the caterpillar,
you might be surprised at how much effort he will make in
drawing the caterpillar. Then you can print CATERPILLAR at the
top of the paper and teach him the letters that are in the word.
Next, make a trip to the library so you can find a book on
caterpillars and show him what a cocoon looks like and how it
all works. My kids are older and I often miss those sweet
innocent days! - Lisa


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