“Can art help students memorize the constellations?”
This is the question of a high school art teacher in Texas who wondered if there was a way to incorporate her subject matter into her curriculum. She had just been tasked with teaching the constellations to her students and was at a loss for how to do it.
She turned to an art book on earth sciences which gives examples of how relevant art can be when teaching science. The following is an excerpt from that book:
“It is interesting to note that “pictures based on the constellation figures have been around in different forms for millennia. Perhaps most familiar today are the star maps used by navigators and astronomers, such as those found in celestial almanacs.”
“For example, the constellations are still used to depict areas of the sky on star maps–the Big Dipper in Ursa Major, for instance, marks one corner (the handle) of the Great Bear’s body. Many other old cultures used similar devices centuries ago, including Native Americans, Australians, and Pacific Islanders.”
“In ancient Greece and Rome, groups of stars were also often linked to mythological figures–the mythological hero Perseus holds Medusa’s head in his hand as he flies through the heavens
Art can be used to help students learn about the constellations. Students can use art to create their own constellation, then have to locate it in the night sky.
They can also paint the constellations directly on a wall, then have to find where they are in the sky.
This is a great way for students to make the connection between what they are memorizing and how it is used in real life. This can help them remember information easier because it makes it more interesting.
Art teachers love getting new ideas, so I was excited to attend a workshop where I learned a new way to use art in my classroom. The presenter showed us an activity that is great for memorizing the constellations. It’s meant more for younger students, but it was still very fun and engaging.
The activity involves drawing the same constellation with different mediums like crayons, pencil and watercolors while incorporating color theory. The presenter showed us how she uses color theory to help students remember the order of constellations and the way they look. The activity has four steps:
Step 1: Draw one constellation using only pencil or crayon.
Step 2: Erase some lines from your first drawing, then draw another constellation using only crayons or pencils. This time draw the constellation in a different color than you did in step 1.
Use different colors to represent North America, South America, Europe and Africa as well as lines to separate each continent from each other.
Step 3: Erase some lines from your second drawing and then recreate the same constellation with watercolors creating the same shapes but in different colors.
After you finish all three drawings, glue them onto black paper and hang them on your wall in order
There are many organizations who create materials to help people learn about the constellations, but they are mostly geared toward adults. There are few resources available for children. So I decided to create a picture book that incorporates art and history in the context of teaching children about the twelve zodiac constellations.
Titled “The Constellation Guidebook”, it is a fun and educational picture book for kids ages 2 and up. I used art to help students better memorize where each constellation is located and to form a stronger connection to them.
There are many ways to teach students about the constellations. Art class is a great way. I have been teaching art for a number of years and I have tried my hand at teaching some of the constellations with my students.
It is important to remember that the constellations are not always easy to see, or easy to recognize. The night sky changes from season to season, from year to year, and even from hour to hour.
There are many different ways you can approach this project with your students. The first thing you will want to do is find out what kind of equipment you have available. You should be able to use all kinds of mediums, including clay, finger paint, water colors, oils, pencils and markers. You might even want to pull out the big guns and try some spray paint or glitter!
Any time that you have an opportunity to teach your students about a new subject matter it’s essential that they discover it on their own. It’s important that they experience the material first-hand so they feel comfortable enough with it later on in order to teach someone else about it as well. This method allows them to build a stronger foundation in a subject by giving them a better understanding of it through their own work.
I recently had the opportunity to teach an art class to a group of children from the Good Shepherd Catholic School in Richmond, VA. They were a very attentive, talented and inquisitive bunch.
I wanted to expose these students to a variety of media and techniques that could help them understand the night sky. In addition to discussing the stars and planets in greater detail, we also did some shading exercises and talked about different kinds of perspective.
The kids were excited to learn new things while they were creating something beautiful with their hands! They loved how their portraits turned out and were eager to get home so they could show their parents what they had done at school. It was fun for me as well because I got to work with some amazing people as well as learn more about teaching art.
Name:A brief history of time
“The art of memory is the best art,” according to the Roman orator Cicero. In his day, and for centuries afterwards, it was a popular subject. People practiced it with astonishing fervor and creativity. The great Renaissance artist Michelangelo claimed that he could reproduce any image, however complex, simply by tracing over it.
The art of memory was defined mainly as a way to help students memorize large amounts knowledge — including some pretty esoteric subjects. They needed to know their poetry and rhetoric, but they also had to be able to quote from classical Latin texts and major works of philosophy, and even entire books of the Bible. With all that to remember, it’s not surprising that students took such pains to develop techniques for remembering all of it.