Growing Observational Skills in Science with Art

Growing Observational Skills in Science with Art
Posted on 11/17/2017

While in Mrs. Sullivan’s Visual Arts/Science Integration studio, 4th grade students further developed their observational skills as an artist and scientist. They created a drawing and then a watercolor painting of a leaf, indicating the vascular system. The vascular system are the tubes running inside the stems and leaves, moving materials through the plant to where they need to go. The students improved their observational skills by identifying edges, recognizing spaces, calculating proportions and angles and finally, using the unconscious skill of “pulling it all together”. It’s true: If you can write, you can learn to draw!

Elements of Art: line, color, shapeVascular system of a leaf in Art and Science

National Visual Arts Standards: Artistic Process.

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Cr. 1:3-5:1: Act on creative ideas to develop personally meaningful compositions, through observation, imagination, or memory.

Next Generation Science Standards: Structure, Function, and Information Processing

4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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