Students learn about artists whose work visualizes data, collect their own data based on local weather, then design artwork that visualizes their collected data.
1. The students will watch and react to the video of artist Nathalie Miebach talking about the data visualization in her artwork.
2. The students will brainstorm types of weather data that could be observed and collected.
3. The students will make a plan for what type of weather data they will collect for one month and how they will show it visually.
4. The students will explore and reflect on artists who have represented scientific data in their artwork.
5. The students will complete some type of artistic visualization of the data they collected using their choice of media and process.
6. The students will reflect on their work in writing.
Graph paper (for tracking/collecting data)
Drawing materials including pencils, colored pencils, and markers
Any available materials
iPads with stop motion app- optional
Beginning of the month: Show Nathalie Miebach’s TED talk to students, discuss how she decided on data points and translated that information into art. Ask students to brainstorm types of weather data that they could observe and collect (connection to their science class). After students decide what type of data, they determine the best way to track it. Pass out graph paper for students to design their plan for data collection.
Rest of the month: Students will spend a few minutes at the beginning of each class recording their data for the remainder of the month.
Next month day 1: The teacher will give students a list of artists who use data visualization in their artwork and ask them to choose one artist’s work to respond to. After the exploration, the students will brainstorm how they can use the data they have collected to make a new work of art. The students could work 2 or 3 dimensionally. Drawing materials, construction paper, and any of the materials in the art room will be available. Construction paper could be cut into strips to use for weaving or sculpture as well as cut into shapes for collage or use in stop motion animation.
Day 2: The teacher will demonstrate the stop motion app as a possibility for creating an animation to visualize the data. The students will check their ideas with the teacher and get started.
Days 3-6: Work on projects
Day7: Present artwork and data to the class