Educator Professional Development

STEAMworks logoSTEAMworks:
Teaching at the Intersection of Art and Science

November 16, 2013

"Some of science's most powerful statements are not made in words....
…To illustrate is, etymologically and actually, to enlighten."
Monica Bradford, Executive Editor, Science, #23, September 2005

The 2nd program in the series of STEAM workshops for educators is supported by the generous contributions of the following partners:  UW-La Crosse School of Education, College of Science and Health, Art Department, Murphy Library, Parking Services, the Steinke Saterbak Fund and West Salem School District.


Scientists and artists have long borrowed from each other in the service of their work. Modeling and illustration inform science texts and natural history exhibits; observation and understanding of the biological world is the foundation of the work of such masters as architect Frank Lloyd Wright and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. 

In the first segment of the workshop, participants will:

  • Explore ideas in plant science and art
  • Utilize representational activities such as botanical illustration; learn how these may be used to understand concepts and model effective strategies to teach them
  • Examine how concepts and thinking strategies are addressed in curricular standards for both disciplines as well as for the Language Arts Common Core

Following in a hands-on learning lab, participants may:

  • Choose from a variety of 2 and 3-D art processes
  • Experiment incorporating science concepts abstractly through these art media

In the culminating event of the day, participants will:

  • Engage in a problem-solving activity by collaborating in a project-based design process
  • Utilize science and art concepts and techniques learned and practiced during the workshop
  • Share their work with the class

Throughout the day, participants will be encouraged exchange best practices and strategies and reflect on implementing the day’s activities in their respective setting.

Who Should Attend:

  • *Middle Level art specialists, classroom teachers, content area and STEM teachers
  • Pre-service teachers who plan certification for Middle Level
  • Higher education instructors who teach in STEM or STEAM fields

*Please note that while the target audience is middle level educators, content may be spiraled up or down for other grade levels.

When: Saturday, November 16: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (30 minutes allotted for lunch, please bring your own)
Where: Room 203, Center for the Arts, UW-La Crosse (Parking Free in Lot C-10, located across from CFA)
Presenters: D. Timothy Gerber, Professor, Biology, Lisa Lenarz & Marcia Thompson, Instructors, Art Department, UW-L
Cost including all materials: $50

Register soon-enrollment limited to 36 participants (5 of 36 seats reserved for UW-L students).  We reserve the right to cancel the program if minimum enrollment of 18 is not reached.

Workshop Registration

Cancellation of Workshop registration: If the UW-La Crosse Office of Continuing Education and Extension receives notice of a participant’s cancellation by the registration deadline of November 8, a full refund of fees minus a $10 processing charge will be made. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline date.

Graduate Credit Option Available
Credit Course requirements
UW-L Academic Credit Registration form and Online Admission Application Directions (3 page PDF)

Deadline for credit course registration is November 12. No credit registrations will be taken on site.

Online UW-L admission application, registration and payment for credit are separate and in addition to workshop registration and payment.

The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate credit courses through the  Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

For more information:
Briana Meuer, 608.785.6513 or