Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Brainstorming nuclear art - Section 2: Do Now/Activator


This is the first time that we invited an artist into our school to work with the 11th grade on this unit. This work would not have been possible without a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council - STARS Residencies. It has meant that the opening conversation about why we are using art is so much richer than it has been in the past.

I was thrilled with this lecture. These were the messages students heard:

  • art is a great way to communicate complexity simply
  • artists can use a wide variety of materials
  • art about nuclear technology has its own place in art history
  • students can use art to communicate what they know about nuclear power plants

In addition to introducing the idea of using art to express complex ideas, the artist will return to help students think more about how to depict their research project, decide on a medium, and he will offer critique and guidance as the art work progresses.

I believe having a professional artist come to our classroom had a positive impact on student learning. Students were happy to have a new voice in the classroom, and his expertise is quite apparent. Students also benefit from his expertise--Barry has such a strong artistic sense, and there is no way I could have taught this subject matter in the way he did. 

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Brainstorming nuclear art

Unit 9: Nuclear Chemistry
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to express their nuclear research through an artistic representation of their findings.

Big Idea: Art is a medium that can visually communicate complex ideas, including scientific ideas .

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