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Science Through the Lenses of Art

Painting the Invisibles

By Alice Yoon

1. Painting the Invisible

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Painting Gravity with Lulu, Pencil, Watercolour, for Art 201™, May 2022, Alice Yoon
We often comment on children's artworks with words like 'beautiful', 'beautiful colours', or 'what a great story!'. Seldom do we look behind the surface. Does art only belong to the four walls of galleries? So distant and high up there? Could it be a part of that profound and essential science discussion? This term, the Art 201™ students have embarked on a journey of pigeons and gravity.

As usual, the Studio is constantly inspired by the most unlikely thing- gravity! Mo Willems is a children's book author, illustrator and artist. His recent art exhibition 'Gravity and Other Thoughts" has provided must space for us to think about painting the Invisibles.

The Studio is now buzzing with ideas about what gravity is. Can we grasp it? Is it possible to display it? How do we understand it? Now that we do, how can we show it in our artworks? And how can we deliver it differently to one another?

2. Under 10? Quality or Story? Making Your Call.

Art 201™ student's work, May 2022
If you are a budding artist under the age of 10 and have minimal time outside of the workshop to practice your brush painting skills. Then it's time to reconsider what you'd like to gain the most out of these weekly workshops. 
Beautiful art demands practice, like getting that ball through the hoop or playing a piece on an instrument. With so many interests and after-school activities, we believe children should explore ideas and stories before ten instead of striving for a tidy painting at all costs.

The tidy painting will come as they continue their learning journey. But that idea exploration is vital to children's creative process, which has a much longer-term impact on all they will be learning. 
Like this piece on gravity by our five-year-olds, they'll tell you why they drew the balls coming down because it's on earth. If it were in space, it'd be floating away. So instead of commenting on the uneven painting, ask about their big idea!

3. May the Force be with You

Take Leonardo da Vinci, for example, much of his inventions started from his drawings. Art and science had always been best friends before the introduction of various technologies. But for our children, it remains their main force of creative energy. May the force be with you; may you seek more beyond the galaxy of tidy paintings!


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