I had the pleasure of attending a celebration and exhibition of a great collaboration at one of our local schools. Through a residency sponsored by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Artist Rebecca Kamen worked with middle school art students to explore how art can help us visualize scientific concepts.
Students applied — and I dare say, refined — their own scientific understanding of concepts such as cell structure and astronomy. Guided by Kamen and their art teacher, they transformed simple art materials to represent these complex and abstract scientific concepts.
Artmaking is all about communicating ideas. Making scientific ideas visible is just one example of this. What a powerful approach to learning and understanding! Congratulations to all of the students who did such a fine job of demonstrating the power of art education! And many thanks to the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Rebecca Kamen, and art teacher Janet Lundeen.