Science Through Art

For 2016-2017, Science Through Art will be offered at Spalding House with our tour Natural Selection. Free transportation is provided for qualifying schools.

Grades: 3-8
Tour length: ​1.5hours
Location: 900 S Beretania Street
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Times: ​9 + 10:30 am
Group Size: 60 maximum

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


Add some STEAM to your STEM classroom programs on this field trip! Our Science through Art tour allows your students to learn more about science through art. ​Through an inquisitive exploration of the museum's main collection,​ students will discover the ​connections between science and art. It is a perfect match, since both subjects​ are based on the inquiry method—the creative thinker excels in​ both ​science and art​.

Students' close observations will provide opportunities to think about and question, individually and with the group, as they explore ideas beyond the expected. On the tour, students follow the creative process to understand the artists' decisions, from the material selection and development of ideas, to the step by step processes used to work in a variety of media. The tour looks at art and science in three ways: evolution and change, the role of color and light for the painter, and a comparison of the scientific process of ceramic and glass production. Students will engage in hands-on activities and actively apply newly learned ideas ​in solving new artistic problems.

Students will receive ​this activity booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom. 


Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Tour length:
 3 hours
Tour begins at 9am; art-making begins at 10:30am

For the 2017-2018 school year, sign-ups will begin July 1, 2017.

Following the tour, students will meet with a professional art instructor at the art school. As they learn about chromatography, they will experiment with a centrifuge machine to separate pigments, using the colorful product of the experiment in a clever portrait making art project.

Pictured above:

Robert Delaunay, French (1885-1941), Rainbow, 1913, oil on canvas, 34 9/16 x 39 5/16 in. Purchase, 1966.
Michael Paulik, Untitled, 1982, blown glass vessel from multiple colors.


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Dawn Sueoka at

Connecting to Standards 

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

Literacy.CCRA.R.8 -  Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Second Grade
2-PS1-1: Next Generation: Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable categories
2-PS1-2: Next Generation: Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose

Third Grade
SC.3.1.1: Pose a question and develop a hypothesis based on observation
SC.3.6.3: Explain how light travelling in a straight line changes when it reaches an object
SC.3.7.1: Compare how simple machines do work to make life easier

Fourth Grade
SC.4.1.2: Differentiate between an observation and an inference
SC.4.6.1: Describe how some materials may be combined to form a new substance
SC.4.7.1: Describe that the mass of the Earth exerts a gravitational force on all objects

Fifth Grade
SC.5.6.3: Compare what happens to light when it is reflected, refracted, and absorbed
SC.5.6.1: Identify different forms of energy and how they can change and transfer energy from one to another

Sixth Grade
SC.6.1.1: Formulate a testable hypothesis that can be answered through a controlled experiment
SC.6.2.1: Explain how technology has an impact on society and science
SC.6.7.1: Describe examples of how forces affect an object’s motion

Seventh + Eighth Grade
SC.7.1.1: Design and conduct a scientific investigation to answer a question or test a hypothesis
SC.8.7.1: Explain that every object has mass and therefore exerts a gravitational force on other objects
SC.8.6.1: Explain the relationship

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