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2017 Summer Teaching Institute: Investigating Art and Science

June 21-23, 2017

Science and art teachers experience hands on learning at the UW Berry Center as part of the 2017 Summer Teaching Institute. (Catherine Wagner Photo)

A fish mobile demonstrates both science and art by showing descent through common ancestry, one of the new Wyoming Science Content Standards, as well as create and connect, two of the Fine and Performing Arts Standards.

Current trends in education include a focus on STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The 2017 Summer Teaching Institute provided educators with handson experience and insight into current research happening in art and science, as well as research-based methods for integrating these disciplines. All levels of science and art educators enjoyed many modes of exploration, interaction with UW science and art faculty, and time to create curriculum connections for their classrooms.

The 2017 Summer Teaching Institute examined the intersections of art and science and feature artwork from the University of Wyoming Art Museum’s permanent collection, as well as time in the UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center exploring the lab and research of evolutionary biologist, Dr. Catherine Wagner, whose research focuses on African Cichlid fishes. There, Dr. Brian Barber, led hands-on activities that explore basic concepts in evolutionary thinking. Participants also work with two studio artists: Bethann Garramon Merkle of the Wyoming Migration Initiative, and sculptor/installation artist Adrienne Vetter. The artists guided participants in field journaling and drawing techniques, casting and moldmaking methods, and facilitating discussions about how to utilize these methods in art and science classrooms. Additional instruction was provided by Art Museum and Biodiversity Institute, both during the in-person and in the distance-learning units.

2017 Participants

Faculty Biographies

Transforming Learning: Investigating Art and Science Brochure

PRESS RELEASE: Educators Investigate Art, Science at UW Art Museum’s Summer Teaching Institute

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