Using art to enhance science engagement and understanding

Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Tate 401-20
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Lindsey Kenyon, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Jennifer Taylor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

This workshop is designed to introduce the concept of using art in the classroom as both a teaching and assessment tool as well as in outreach efforts to reach a broader audience. We will provide examples and ideas for both classroom and outreach applications. Participants will then work in small groups to brainstorm specific applications of art in science education (both formal and informal) that will become the foundation of a large group discussion. Our planned outcome is that participants will walk away with strategies and applications for using art in their own teaching and outreach efforts.


By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore how art can enhance learning in science classrooms and science outreach
  • Develop methods for integrating art into classrooms as assignments, assessments, part of lecture, lab activities, etc.
  • Develop methods for interacting with art and artists for science outreach
  • Generate, compile, and share ideas for classroom teaching and outreach activities involving art


Link to slides: HERE

1:30 Welcome and introduction to OSA and conveners

1:45 Examples of art in a science classroom and for science outreach

2:05 Large group discussion - Are there specific ideas/resources people want to work on or generate?

2:20 Select a few ideas to develop further, organize into smaller groups

2:30 Start small group work for further developing the ideas

3:00 Break

3:15 Resume small group work

3:45 Share out of development from small groups and workshop evaluation

4:00 Adjourn

Examples of previous work


Storymap about climate change inspired by BOAT by GALLIM (

Seismic Signals and Digital Dance: Exploring 3D Motion (

The Science of Sound - Presented to accompany a pipe organ performance (

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