Close your eyes for a moment and imagine traveling beyond our planet's atmosphere and sailing through the unfamiliar realm of outer space. What would you see, hear and feel?
Recently, when the fifth-graders at Southwestern Elementary School had this scenario proposed to them, they responded with the knowledge of young scientists and the creativity of developing artists. While completing a solar system unit in science class, the students worked in art class to create two-dimensional artwork that invited viewers to experience the desolation and mystery beyond Earth. The nature of special area curriculum lends itself well to reinforcing concepts explored in other subjects.
At the beginning of this particular art lesson, the students listened to excerpts of a book penned by Neil Armstrong detailing his account of his space exploration and trip to the moon. Cooperative learning techniques allowed the students to discuss the ideas that would propel their work.
At right, Southwestern Elementary?School fifth-graders show off their artwork. In back from left are Kade Sivak, Bethany Deshantz, Cassidy Davies and Abigale Kreinheder. In front from left are Pedro Martinez, Victoria Cobb, Kylie Brown and Madison Brooks.
Several art materials were used to create the final artworks. These fifth-graders are outstanding scientific illustrators.