The focus of this website is on tertiary or college-level curriculum . We include these primary and secondary level coureses for your interest.  For more information about developments in the primary and secondary art-science curriculum, please visit the SEAD white paper abstracts at  Of particular interest are those by Brown; Hankewitz; Joy; and Presley.

The following courses are examples that have been or are currently being offered at the institutions listed. All course descriptions used with permission. Links to syllabi are listed at the request of the instructor.  For privacy reasons, emails of instructors are not listed except at their request.  For further information about any of these courses, please contact Kathryn Evans,  [email protected]


“Tous Chercheurs” —loosely translated as ‘‘Researchers, All’’.
“Tous Chercheurs” is a non-profit organization created by researchers in 2004, to invite high-school students to gain an insight into biological research by participating in ‘‘miniature’’ research projects on a scientific campus . The aim of « Tous Chercheurs » is to allow students to experience the main steps of scientific research (observation, questioning, experimentation, analysis and quantification of results, interpretation, discussion, critical argumentation, communication). ”Tous Chercheurs” hosts approximately 1,000 high school students per year for three-day periods.

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Examples of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning through the STEAM Lens by Amy Holt Cline  contact [email protected]

Teaching science through using art, technology, engineering and math has given students unique opportunities to demonstrate understanding of old topics in new ways. This newsletter will explain a few different STEAM-focused units taught within 9th grade Biology classes and 8th grade Design Science Lab classes at AIM Academy.

Bishop Fenwick High School, Middleton, OH

ART 1A/CHEMISTRY II   Collaborative Clay Tile Project: The Periodic Table in Clay Tiles   Students collaborate to conceptualize, design, and create tiles for the Periodic Table of Elements in clay. Chemistry students contribute their knowledge of scientific processes to inform material and chemical properties of the table’s elements and art students contribute to the collaboration with their knowledge of artistic principles and elements as well as their ability with ceramic, design, and compositional layout techniques.

The Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Musical Ark      The boat was designed by Iain Oughtred to help bring back boat building to Coastal Scottish towns.  Ours is the 6th completed in the States and raced it at the First National St. Ayles races in Mystic CT on July 1, 2012.  The music is original and improvisational.

Parsons The New School of Design, New York, NY       

Pre-college Painting and Drawing:  This course will show how things work holistically. Paintings are embodied forms of active, continuous and  emergent elements of cognition. This painting course will model a holistic process as one of our infinite creations. Painting is a holistic process of motion in a living system unique to the human species. Elaine Parent describes living systems as “A primary characteristic of human systems in that they are open systems. This means that we are in continuous interaction with the environment via circular informational feedback and feed forward processes and the exchange of material-energy.” In this way painting is a Holon. Every system is a “holon”in that it is both a whole in its own right, comprised of subsystems, and simultaneously an integral part of a larger system. Holistic models are not usually described in terms of an artists process. Students will attempt to develop a holistic description of living systems visually.

Tinicum Art and Science High School, Ottsville, PA

“Programming with Processing”   Students will learn how ‘Processing’ can be used as a tool for generating a variety of images using different data sources. They will learn that data sources can be as varied as mouse movements, key presses on their keyboard, text from their name or a favorite poem or quotation, music of their favorite MP3 song, or, the digits from mathematical constants such as pi, e, phi or tau (refer to ) While exploring the ins-and-outs of computer programming they will learn some computer history and about early pioneers from the areas of science and art who utilized or are currently utilizing the computer as a tool for creative explorations.

University of North Carolina, Greensboro,NC

UBEATS: Universal BioMusic Education Achievement Tier in Science is a 2 ½ year curriculum development project that focuses on the ‘science of music’ for elementary grades 2 to 5. Two teams of in-service teachers comprised of science teachers and music teachers developed innovative modules for upper and lower elementary grades that conform to national science and music standards.  The lessons feature inquiry-based learning that builds science-processing skills through investigations of the natural world’s musicality.  In July 09, UNCG hosted a UBEATS Summer Institute for 20 teachers and 25 students to introduce the curriculum and to launch a UBEATS Teacher Cohort in the GuilfordCountySchoolsand surrounding school districts to beta-test the curriculum during AY09/10.

PLACE Corps, Los Angeles, CA 

Exploring Art is designed as an introductory course for grades 9-12 learning visual arts with emphasis on broader world issues and social justice to connect with themselves and outside communities.  Students explore and communicate in the universal language of art by building
portfolios that demonstrate development in technique with the elements of art and principles of design, in conjunction with discussion and analysis of works and their social contexts. In the course of constructing portfolios, discussion will also take place on how art historians determine the time, place, context, value, and culture of works from the past. Going further, they research the skills required by those working in various fields related to the visual arts such as the artist, the gallery owner, art therapist, or aesthetician. Students learn to foster questions on the role of other disciplines such as math, science, history with the arts, and speculate on how advances in technology might impact the arts and daily life.  Copyright 2012. Tanya Rivas. All rights reserved.

The Webb Schools, Claremont, CA

Project Based Art: Learning the Elements of Design through Popular trends in Gastronomy.  This course is a project-based introduction to art.  In this class students will be involved in all stages of the creative process.  They will learn to design still life set-ups using donut holes assembled with toothpicks.  They will learn how photography and Photoshop can aid them in creating thoughtful and expressive two and three-dimensional works.  Students will learn the traditional principles and elements of design, in projects, by exploring popular trends in gastronomy.  Students will learn alternative approaches to design by constructing burgers and sandwiches, as well as discuss the heightened social awareness of food with the cultural rise of gourmet restaurants, cooking shows, and The Celebrity Chef.  Art as a project-based approach is interdisciplinary, including a variety of media, and all projects will have a theoretical component.