S.T.E.A.M. THEMES – YouTube Video Premiere
July 6 - August 4
Fun, easy art projects that have a S.T.E.A.M. theme connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. ACA Community Artist Bethany Bennett shares step-by-step instructions using supplies you can find at the dollar store. New activity every Monday and Tuesday this summer!
July 6: Learn to make a Dreamcatcher!
In this episode, we will learn the history of dreamcatchers and their relation to spiderwebs. Bethany will tell a story from the Ojibwe Tribe that explains that the bad dreams get caught in the web and the good dreams slide down the feathers onto the sleeper. Then, she shares the steps to create a dreamcatcher. Necessary supplies are a plastic, metal or wooden hoop, thick string, beads, and feathers.
July 7: Let’s make a Gratitude Rainbow!
In this episode, we will learn that rainbows are formed when light shines through water, like when the sun shines through the rain. This light is bent and reflected, like a reflection in a mirror, and this causes all of the amazing colors that you see. Rainbows are made up of all seven colors that come from light. The rainbow has 7 vibrant colors, each is unique and different from the next, and symbolizes the beauty of diversity. For the project all you will need is a simple watercolor palette, paper, pencil, paintbrush and a marker.
July 13: How to make a Pointillism Painting!
In this episode, we will cover the technique of painting small distinct dots of color in patterns to form an image. Based on color theory and the eye of the viewer to blend spots into a full range of colorful tones. Artist, George Seurat was an iconic pointillist. We will look at a simple reference picture and break the colors down into dotted patterns. This will build off of the previous weeks’ project where we learn color mixing, as a pattern of two colors, red and yellow will be read by the eye as orange. Supplies for the project include paint, paintbrush and paper.
July 14: Make your own Tessellation!
In this episode, we will learn that the Latin translation of the word tessella, means a small square. Bethany explains the math and history of tessellation, more recently used in the art of MC Escher. Then, she shares how to create your own tessellation using a basic paper square that’s cut and taped to make the first tile. For this project you will need a 6 inch by 6 inch paper scare cut out, scissors, paper and markers, crayons or colored pencils.
July 20: Easy Printmaking!
In this episode, Bethany explains printmaking and its use before the printing press. Learn how paper money and coins are created. We will use a Styrofoam plate to draw a design and create a relief by pressing down firmly to push through the plate. Then we will paint the plate and press it onto paper to make a print.
July 21: Let’s make a 3D Card!
In this episode, Bethany will show how to make a 3D pop up card, using scissors, unique penmanship and color to create a unique specialized card for someone who lives alone. Most of us know someone who lives alone. Studies show loneliness can lead to health problems, including dementia, depression, anxiety, and heart conditions. Help make someone’s day joyful and build a friendship!
July 27: How to create a Tree of Goals!
In this episode, Bethany will share the importance of setting goals. Harvard Business study found that the 3% of graduates from their MBA who had their goals written down, ended up earning ten times as much as the other 97% put together, just ten years after graduation. Setting goals – both short and long term – is a good strategy for accomplishing tasks. Bethany shows us how to draw a tree and place short term goals on the lower branches and long term goals on the higher branches. Supplies include markers and paper.
July 28: The Art of Spiderwebs!
In this episode, Bethany talks about the fibonacci sequence and how it shows up everywhere in nature. Examples of approximate golden spirals, also known as the fibonacci sequence can be found throughout nature, most prominently in seashells, ocean waves and spider webs. Bethany shows us how to create a spiderweb of your own using either yarn, string or dental floss and a basic scotch tape.
August 3: Illustrate a short story!
In this episode, Bethany talks about writing as a significant part of S.T.E.A.M. learning. In fact, it should accompany every assignment or problem proposed. Proficient writing skills help make a person ready for their career. Writing is a big part of any profession. It helps one organize thoughts and clarify thinking. Bethany helps us write a short story about how to remain calm during chaos and then draws some of these ideas as illustrations. Supplies include paper and pencil.
August 4: Make a sculpture with recycled materials!
In this episode, Bethany talks about artists that use recycled materials to create fine works of art like Louise Nevelson and Rachel Lachowicz. She discusses plastic and other recyclables as an environmental issue and shows us how to use it as an art medium. Supplies include plastic bottles, a hole punch, paint, scissors, yarn, craft glue and cardboard.