by Marsha Qualey
In conversations about school curriculum, STEM (science-technology-engineering-math) turned into STEAM (+arts) quite some time ago. But why were science and art ever detached from each other?
I suspect the truth is that wherever learning has occurred, they never were detached.
As a veteran writer and writing teacher, I know the importance of asking “What If?” Most often the question is used to nudge or explode a plot (Dragons!). But the question has equal importance when applied to manipulating reader reaction: What if I add some white space here? What if I move that page turn? How will that affect the reader’s response? Why?
As for the visual arts and music, well what’s NOT about exploring the science of the tools?
What sound will I get if I mute this horn?
What If I thin the paint and don’t prime the canvas?
As you peruse this month’s Bookology you’ll see science and art hand in hand many places, most obviously in the books included in the Bookstorm ™ and our fossil slide show. Later this month we’ll have more that embraces the confluence: interviews with Catherine Thimmesh and Melissa Stewart (on teaching science through literature), and an article by Jenny Barlow on using picture books to connect with people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
All that and our regular columns and articles. And of course, we’ll be skinny dipping. Glad you could join us.