12 Ways to Integrate Science and Art
My 13 Art and Math Projects for Kids post has been doing pretty well on my site lately, so I decided to keep the art integration going with Science! Check out these awesome ways to teach science using art below.
There are tons of projects out there online that integrate art and science, but the science is mixing a sensory goop. Those are so fun, but I left them out for this collection. I only choose science and art activities which teach specific science concepts as this post is about teaching science using art rather than teaching art using science.
Before reading on, check out this book by MaryAnn Kohl, Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences. I love her books and have several of them (but not this one! I need to remedy that.) If you like the science and art activities below, I’m sure this book won’t disappoint! This is an affiliate link which helps financially support this website. Thank you for your support!
This is so cool! I almost stopped writing this post to go try this with my kids. Basically, you use clear nail polish, water, and paper to capture rainbows on paper. So neat! You could use this as a great little activity to help explain to children how rainbows exist.
Texture rubbing is a staple in the art classroom, and I like how Jacquie incorporated the science of trees with her kids. I know I will definitely be using this activity in my homeschool!
While we are talking about leaves, check out this project. It is pretty freaking amazing. It does require a little heavier involvement with the teacher, but the results are so beautiful! This definitely takes leaf printing to the next level.
I love this project exploring the different absorptive qualities of different materials. This is a great way for the child to experiment and describe their observations!
Teach your kids that oil and water don’t mix with this fun project with a gorgeous end result!
I love posts that make me want to drop everything and do the activity. This is one of those! I love this. Stacey and her boys made crystals/rock candy. It looks like a lot of fun. She added some cool color experiments at the end which give it an art twist.
This is a fun little miniature project where the kids make nebulae out of glue and liquid watercolor. They also provide some links to learn more about nebulae at the bottom of the post.
Yesss! I love sun prints. So fun. So learning about stuff. That’s really all I have to say about that. Just make some. It’s neat.
Love. This. So. Much. This is a science, art, history extravaganza, and it’s fabulous. Sharla and her kids took flowers and made paint from them. I would probably use this more in an art history lesson rather than science perhaps studying textiles from South America or something like that, but however you teach it, it is such a great activity.
Make a musical instrument and learn about the science of sound. I love how the blogger included discussion questions and scripted out some things to say when you do the activity with your kids. Helpful!
Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, c. 1829-32
This is one of my favorite artworks. I’ve always loved it! In this post, Mia at Pragmatic Mom shares some great books and resources about the artwork and also describes how to use this artwork to teach about the science of Tsunamis. I’ve written about this artwork and others like it on my post of Japanese ukiyo-e prints as well as my Japanese prints Montessori-inspired lesson for kids.
In this project, students make a watercolor painting of Jupiter. I love how Ticia at Adventures in Mommydom teaches the science as the project goes on–the gas storms, why Jupiter has a red spot, Jupiter’s moons, etc. She also has a cool science project idea for Jupiter in a later post as well.
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