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This year’s Visionarios theme asks that students

create a work of art using a science, technology, math or engineering concept(s). STEM is actually a big part of the ART process, which means students are already using it. 

Patterns, geometric shapes and negative space play a big role in art-making. Technology in art can involve the use of digital tools and computer manipulation; a science experiment is conducted every time colors and other elements are mixed. The list of how art is integrated into STEM and vice versa is endless.

Please see the list of prompts and links in the next column to spark ideas for student work.

 

 

 

SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Visionarios supports cross-curriculum instruction in which students combine information from language arts, science, social studies, and other classes with visual arts. Art teachers are encouraged to weave the program into their curriculum by incorporating interdisciplinary activities that tie into the Visionarios theme, "STEAM: The Science of Art." Suggestions include the following:

ELEMENTARY

  • Use geometric shapes as a foundation for drawings of animals, automobiles, etc.
  • Use shaving cream, acrylic paint and toothpicks to create marbled paper
  • Create a food chain collage
  • Paint a self-portrait using either a monochromatic or primary color-scheme or mix colors to create a, portrait using a secondary or even tertiary color-scheme
  • Make a cyanotype or “sun-print” which involves a special kind of paper, found objects and the sun to create a print via chemical reaction

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Use a compass and a paintbrush to create an abstract work of art with colorful concentric circles
  • Use the Golden Mean to create a painted wave or shell
  • Utilize a grid to create a self portrait

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Use a compass and a paintbrush to create an abstract work of art with colorful concentric circles
  • Use the Golden Mean to create a painted wave or shell
  • Utilize a grid to create a self portrait
  • Use the rule of thirds to create a striking landscape
  • Use tessellation to create a dynamic digital piece of artwork showcasing technology
  • Use knowledge of mathematics with proportions and perspective to create a landscape or portrait

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