Using CD-ROM technology in the classroom to learn about art and science
The CD-ROM, A Creative Journey renders the universe a tangible miracle to students. The artwork, based on NASA images from outer space, and the audio, based on plasma sounds from our solar system, sends students on a personal journey into space.
Have students listen to the artists opening statement and click on the ART WORK button. Students will view the 18 images from artist, Victor Raphaels, "Space Field" series. Initiate student dialogue about the art by asking the questions (as suggested by the Getty in the COMPREHENSIVE ART EDUCATION PROGRAM):
"What do you see?"
"What is this artwork about?"
"How do you know?"
The students will use technology as a vehicle for art exploration. They will see images of planets, stars and galaxies. This awe inspiring and provocative artwork will engage the students in a lively discussion as they describe what they are seeing. Viewing the artwork is the common experience that will allow students to respond to, interpret meaning and make critical judgments, as individuals, in a group context. Students descriptions of what they see will range from twisters, rainbows and Cheerios to the moon, earth and stars.
Click on the MOVIES button and then:
Once the students become familiar with the artwork, brainstorm about how and why an artist makes art or "Why is art important?". The National Endowment for the Arts has described four basic goals in summarizing arts purposes: Art provides access to the achievements of diverse civilizations.