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Celebrating Science Week through Art and History (Issue 12 2017)

Written on the 17 August 2017

As part of Science Week, four Year 7 Visual Art classes attended the Art Gallery of SA, the SA Museum and Artlab Australia for an entire day to learn about the connections between Science, Art and History.

Students explored the science of art in the Art Gallery's permanent collection, SALA displays and the Ramsay Art Prize exhibits. They then ventured next door to the South Australian Museum to delve deeper into the National Science Week theme 'future earth' with a visit to the Biodiversity Gallery. There they learned how scientists are working to preserve endangered species and how dendrochronology and growth rings are used to track age and growth of different species. They used microscopes, magnifying glasses and iPads to view and measure the specimens provided.

This was followed by a trip to Artlab Australia to discover how the ancient Egyptians used a form of chemistry in the process of mummification and how modern technology reveals what is inside a mummy. There we met Lord Carnarvon and Lady Evelyn who took us on our journey to the discovery of Tutankhamen.

It was a great way to start Science Week and learn how these different institutions work together to promote conservation, sustainability and the importance of historical artefacts to our time.

Jenny Johnson
Visual Art Teacher


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