Techniques for Using Art in Science

There are many different ways to help children translate what they have learned about a science concept into abstract and artistic representation. This is an important skill because it not only allows children to apply what they have learned (and to demonstrate their understanding) but it also invites children to move to higher levels of thinking. During what Jean Piaget defined as the Pre-Operational Stage (usually from 2-6years) children are on a “search for representation” and their major task is to master symbolic and representational function.

Some suggestions for artistic and scientific abstract representation:

• Field Drawings: When children observe both in the science center or classroom or outside, invite them to “record” their observations with drawings. It really doesn’t matter if their drawings look anything like what they see. Have drawing paper near your microscope or magnifiers. Always take sketchpads outside for playtime. You never know when an amazing…

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