DeVee Dietz, an instructor at Sturgis Williams Middle School, along with Marie Steckelberg, an education consultant, have been busy teaching about the wonders of art and science in their summer program called ARTsome Astronomy.
On June 13 and 14, Dietz and Steckelberg taught their course at the Sturgis Williams Middle School Art Room.
Create a beautiful piece of art while learning the story of celestial objects.
Looking for a fun and creative professional development opportunity? Then the ARTsome Astronomy Workshops are for you! These workshops are great for art teachers, K-8 classroom teachers, STEM teachers and informal educators. Feedback from past participants is very positive.
Science inspiring art – Art empowering science!
Rocket through the solar system through the lens of an artist! Fuse science and storytelling and learn how to:
Engage students in space science education as artist explorers.
Inspire students by fusing art, science and storytelling.
Explore the development of viewing objects in space from the naked eye to remote sensing.
Analyze the mysterious surfaces, make sense of what one sees, hone observation skills and inspire questions.
Deepen understanding of celestial objects when observing them through an artist’s lens.
Create art inspired by planet and celestial images from remote sensing technology.
ARTsome Astronomy I
We begin exploring the story of the mysterious terrestrial objects in space – planets, moons comets, asteroids – through science based activities and then deepen the understanding by applying the elements of art and principles of design. You will have the opportunity to create multiple art pieces while experimenting with different mediums in the many art stations. Let your imagination go wild as you use NASA images for inspiration to create a number of finished artworks. We conclude with a “galaxy walk” to share your artwork and discuss how we can implement the connection of art, science and storytelling into your classrooms.
Comments from prior workshops:
This workshop was fun and educational for art teachers, science teachers, and general educators. Well worth it! Holly Vander Molen, High School Teacher.
I appreciate the variety of engaging activities balanced with plenty of time for individual and collaborative work. Kim Smith, Educator.
I generally avoid professional development in the summer, but this was practical, useful, fun and inspiring. The instructors work seamlessly together to fuse art and science. I loved it! 5th grade teacher.
Excellent presentation. I would recommend this for any teacher. You both made the science come alive through art. Awesome!!
I really did not expect much of this class except the grad credit. However, I learned a lot during the two days. I will be teaching astronomy at a new school and will be using all of what I learned and did during the next school year combining art and astronomy.
I liked the encouragement from the facilitators to explore the artist within me…not to compare with excellent art around me, very positive and respectful.
I loved the planet story piece. For elementary ELA we have the students read pictures. This was a good tie-in.
ARTsome Astronomy II
We begin building the story of the magnificent gaseous celestial objects – sun, stars, galaxies, nebulae, gaseous planets, auroras – with science based activities, including exploring the primary colors of light. Your understanding of these celestial objects will deepen as you apply the elements of art and principles of design. You will create artworks in watercolor, pastel, and a sculpture using household items. Let your imagination go wild as you use NASA images for inspiration to create your finished artworks. We conclude with a “galaxy walk” to share your artwork and discuss how we can implement the connection of art, science and storytelling into your classrooms.
Comments from prior workshops:
I appreciated the collaborative aspect that you created amongst the teachers. You kept the class moving at a great pace, leaving plenty of time for work and personal research. Thanks for providing this workshop. It was immensely helpful. Carrie Wilson, Middle School Teacher
I learned that I can paint…
This is a great opportunity for collaboration among educators and content integration. We encourage and enjoy working with a team of teachers from your school to participate and create a collaborative interdisciplinary unit during the workshop. Then you can provide a “galaxy walk” during your parent/teacher conferences!
Class Schedule & Registration Options
ARTsome Astronomy I, Rapid City, SD
St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School
Rapid City, SD
June 3-4, 2019
Focus is on exploring the story of terrestrial celestial objects (planets, comets, asteroids), using the principles and elements of design to create a piece of art using pastels and other mediums.