City Schools Art-Science Education Program 2014 – WATER

City Schools Exhibition 2014 – WATER

180 primary students from five schools in the City of Sydney have been working on an art-science project over the past few months. Inspired by a young scientist Kiralee Baker from Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) UTS they have been applying their knowledge of diatoms and climate change in the 2014 theme of WATER.
Kirralee has been sharing her research on diatoms and climate change with the students through meeting with teacher and principals in a round table meeting, visiting Ultimo Public School, or through a video documenting her in the lab at UTS looking through the microscope and explaining the amazing microscopic world inside water, diatoms.

The students have been creating artworks to explore big questions including: What colour is water? Is water in the air? How does climate change affect diatoms? Why is the sky blue? Is the thickness of the cell wall on diatoms changing?
180 canvases will be exhibited at the Pyrmont Festival in Pirrama Park to inspire visitors to the festival to think about the preciousness of water and to learn about the science behind the artworks. A great learning environment by the water. The perfect location to think about what is in the water in Sydney Harbour. Students and parents will visit the exhibition and then it will tour to each school after the festival. An electronic catalogue is published for dissemination. A record of each exhibition and the project outcomes have been produced for schools in 2012, 2013 and again in 2014. Volunteers from State Street have generously assisted with the preparation of the catalogue, canvases and the installation of the paintings in Pirrama Park for the Pyrmont Festival in 2013.

Partners in the 2014 project are:
Kirralee Baker PhD student and marine scientist (Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster (C3) UTS
Glebe Public School
Forest Lodge Public School
St James Primary School, Forest Lodge
Darlington Public School
Ultimo Public School
The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
Derivan Art Supplies
State Street Volunteers

Culture at Work is a not for profit Charity with a mission and vision to inspire future generations of creative thinkers through art, science and technology. We partner with artists with scientists and science institutions in collaborative research residencies and promote and encourage new knowledge learning to people of all ages through public programs, exhibitions and replicating our learning model. Culture at Work’s (CAW) primary objective is to generate new knowledge and develop a new model for art science collaboration, with emphasis on creative thinking, learning and technology.
This is achieved through conducting art-science research through artist residencies with science partners and applying research in art-science learning programs for young people and adults. This research contributes to new creative learning knowledge. CAW develops methods and tools for application in creative learning environments facilitating creative thinking and creative outcomes. CAW transfers and generates art-science knowledge and artistic and scientific know-how through exhibitions, seminars, public talks, workshops and programs with schools and partners:
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-to provide children with opportunities to learn problem solving and creative thinking skills
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