Art & Science

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Art & Science


Canipe, Steve, The Science Teacher


There has been considerable interest in integrating various disciplines with science. This book, written by staffers at the Getty in Los Angeles, delves into integrating art and science.

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Art & Science: A Curriculum for K--12 Teachers from the J. Paul Getty Museum earns the highest praise for both the topic and presentation. Each of 13 artworks are accompanied by lesson ideas for elementary, middle, and high school classes. Ideally, art and science teachers would collaborate on the lessons in the book. This, however, is not absolutely necessary. Each lesson plan provides enough science and art so that teachers of either subject could successfully use the materials.

As might be expected, some art is more about balance, color, and various aesthetics than scientific accuracy. The very first illustration dealing with insects demonstrates this. Rather than pretend that insects have four or 10 legs, as in the artwork by van Kessel, the lesson points out accurate science and gets students to examine what they know and don't know about insects.

All K--12 teachers would find this book interesting and useful, but having a cooperating art teacher would make it easier to implement the cross-disciplinary lessons in the book. …

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