Workshop Documentation and Outcomes:

STEAMworks: Teaching at the Intersection of Art & Science | Nov. 16, 2013

Photographs from November 16, 2013 Workshop, courtesy of Lisa Lenarz

Photographs from November 16, 2013 Workshop, courtesy of Marcia Thompson

Observational drawing to 2-D printing to 3-D cardboard construction:
Workshop project by Jeff Schmuhl, Art Teacher, Fond du lac

Jeff Schmuhl's, Biological Illustration

The black and white pencil drawings were drawn from observation. Various plant forms were displayed on the tables in front of us. The large leaf drawing was drawn to scale, then drawn again to half scale size.

Jeff Schmuhl's Transparency Marker Print

The colored picture was created by taking a transparency sheet and placing it over a couple of my biological drawings. Then I added colored marker to the transparency sheet. The marker-colored transparency sheet was then turned over onto a damp piece of clean white paper and printed on that paper.

Jeff Schmuhl's Plant Sculpture

The 3-D form was a sculpture based on a plant form. I used corrugated cardboard for the base and rolled corrugated cardboard for the stems, which were then wrapped with brown and burgundy duct tape. The flowers were made from empty cardboard duct tape cylinders and stuffed with crumbled up yellow craft paper. I used purple colored construction paper for the petals and secured the flower to the stem with turquoise duct tape. The leaves were made from green construction paper and wrapped around the stem.

Notes from the field: Debra West, Art Educator from Tomah Middle School (reported on 11/21/2013)

Incidentally, I actually integrated something from the last program (November 16 workshop) into a project we just completed and I have attached the pictures (below). I do an assessment of drawing skills for SLO tracking and the kids took their final drawing and did the transparency watercolor with it. They added pencil for definition and then they wanted to do it again, so we put the watercolors on tissue paper and made stained glass windows. It was a fun extension of the project and would be great for a sub lesson. It was all very impromptu, so I haven't ironed out the kinks or really hit the science aspect, but I was pleased.

Debra West - example 1

Debra West - example 2

Debra West - example 3

I think that one thing I would add is that I had no idea how much I had forgotten about plant structures until I started working on my lesson for next quarter! I am going to attach the initial drawing (below) that I have the kids do prior to the lesson in the event that anyone is looking for a good way to document student growth. We did the transparency activity together but the best part was that it was fast so I asked the kids what else we could do with the materials. The stained glass idea was collaborative and those are always my favorite. They are always excited when they "discover" a project. I use realistic silk flowers so that they can be identical when they re-draw them, but I plan on having samples of other plants like Tim (Gerber) did for them to explore when I get the science part ready. I was so thrilled because this is one lesson that I haven't STEAMed at all; with a little more work it should be very holistic. Thanks!!!

Debra West - example 4


Workshop Documentation and Outcomes:

Teaching STEM Subjects through Art | May 4-5, 2013

Photographs from May 4-5, 2013 Workshop, courtesy of Hanqing Wu

STEAM classroom projects created by participants in Leonardo's Workshop: Teaching STEM Subjects through Art.


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