Honor Students Turn Science into Art

October 24th, 2011 by Katlin McNally
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Julie Posey instructs students during a gene transfer lab

The Honors Program at CCAD will put on an exhibition featuring artwork inspired by science December 2011.

The exhibition, Biotechnology Inspires Art, will feature work by eight students and will be open to the public Dec. 10–16 in Beaton Gallery.

The students will submit pieces that were somehow inspired by science and the information they have learned throughout their courses. The exhibition will include drawing, painting, digital, textile, and video/performance art.

Julie Posey, associate professor at CCAD, has taught science courses at the college for 13 years and every day is amazed by the students and their relationship with studying the liberal arts.

“There is something about an artist’s mind. They think differently and question science in a manner that I have never seen,” said Posey.

Posey’s teaching inspiration comes from the artistic world. She will often incorporate her lessons around what an artist will need or want to know.

“Professors and art instructors will do a great job at telling students about harmful materials they are working with. We will take it to the next level and tell them why it is hazardous, what it can do to your organs, skin, and the body as a whole,” Posey said.

The science courses at CCAD have a very hands-on format and curriculum. The classes incorporate labs and field trips into the structure of the course to inspire the predominantly visual learners.

Each student must take three science courses, one biological or physical class and two social science classes. Available courses often change depending on what is a current hot topic, or by the input and feedback of students.

“I often get students come in and realize they have an interest in something like medical illustration or just have fun in the classes and they will continue to take more courses as electives,” she said.

Posey enjoys incorporating the students’ love of art into each class and lab.

“In labs students can extract DNA from their cheek and transform it into a necklace and we will have students paint what they are viewing and interpreting under a microscope,” she said.

Posey’s office is filled with examples of student work. There are quilts made to represent the layers of skin, hearts and other organs made of glass, ink prints of muscle outlines, necklaces modeled after ribosomes, and more.

“I have my students create pieces of work inspired by science and what we have learned and am encouraging other teachers to do the same,” Posey said.

Kinney Hall, an academic building, has corridors filled with work inspired by English classes and comparative studies. Posey’s passion and amazement for what students have created and been inspired by is contagious.

 

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2 Responses to “Honor Students Turn Science into Art”

  1. Science is a kind of subject, which needs proper live example for proper explanation. And I am sure Posey is doing just that. So it is just a proper way of teaching, and the students are also benefiting for sure. She should continue as she is doing now.

  2. Hand Stamped Jewelry says:

    That is so cool about transforming dna into a necklace! Science never ceases to amaze!