Art and Science with Dundee Science Centre


10 August 2020

This week's Monday Makes is a little different. Along with our Art at the Start research project, we've joined up with Dundee Science Centre to create and share activities as part of their Home Learning Art & Science week.

In school, Art and Science are generally taught separately but there are a lot of skills and learning opportunities that they share. These include exploring and experimenting, collecting evidence, researching topics, using imagination to think about the world differently, making observations and presenting thoughts or ideas to others. At DCA we've been part of many STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) projects that bring art and science together, from Dundee's Urban Orchard and Art and Science courses for teachers in partnership with Dundee Science Centre, to Animating Science with University of Dundee.

Primary school pupils taking part in Animating Science

Throughout this week, Dundee Science Centre will be sharing a new activity to try each day as part of their Art & Science HomeLearning topic. Aimed at 0-3 year olds, these have been designed by Vicky Armstrong, our collaborative PhD student with Art at the Start, and include activity sheets and some video tutorials. Check them out here.

To complement these activities for wee ones, we've had a look through our previous Monday Makes and Activity Sheets and have selected five activities for older children to match Dundee Science Centre’s Art & Science themes. Each one brings science and art together in different ways:

Colour perception
Our Paper Portraits were inspired by artist David Austen's colourful eye and portrait collages that make colour ‘pop’. Think about colour by looking at this colour wheel. Make a portrait that uses similar colours (colours next to each other on the colour wheel) and one that uses contrasting colours (colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel) and see which has more impact.

Experiments with colour

Our Draw a Tree, Make a Forest activity sheet was based on the work of Abel Rodríguez in our Seized By the Left Hand exhibition. Abel Rodríguez is an Amazonian community leader who makes drawings of his former home in the rainforest from memory. Use our activity sheet and draw your garden or favourite park without looking, just use your memory. Compare your drawing to the real view - how good was your memory?

Senses / feeling
Our Face Time Portrait Challenge asks you to draw in ways you wouldn't normally. Using your non-dominant hand to draw engages both the left and right side of brain. Drawing without looking at the page means that you have to use other senses, like touch, to feel where you are on the page. 

2D to 3D
Use our Cut and Slot Sculpture Kit Monday Make to explore turning flat 2D shapes into 3D sculptures. See how many different 3D sculptures you can make using your 2D shapes.

Persistence of vision
This is an optical illusion that gives the illusion of movement. This ties in well with our Animation Taster where we created stop motion animations by taking lots of pictures and putting them together to tell a story. ive it a go and see your drawings, pictures or toys come to life.

Animation stills

Even if you've tried some of these activities and tutorials before, it's interesting to have another go while thinking about how it links to science. Does it change the end results?

 We'd love to see your STEAM creations - share them online using #DCAmakes and #DSCfromHome. And follow Dundee Science Centre on Facebook and Twitter as well as @dundeeSTEMlearn for more science information and fun!

If you enjoy this activity and you're able to, we'd be so grateful if you'd consider donating to help us keep enriching people's lives through art, culture and creativity. Thank you! 

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