Art and Science

One way The Antioch School distinguishes itself is by recognizing and developing the innate interest children have in Art & Science by providing a comprehensive Art & Science program for every child in the school. Art & Science are not viewed in the usual way, as disciplines with little in common. Instead, their wondrous complementary balance is appreciated and explored.

The Art & Science room contains a kitchen, pottery wheels, books, a woodworking bench, plenty of work space, lots of art supplies and a large collection of natural specimens, including bones, shells and nests.

The lab extends beyond the classroom to the school grounds, and beyond the school grounds to: the neighboring campus grounds of Antioch College, Glen Helen's extensive wooded acreage across the street, and other natural areas.

Elaina Vimmerstedt, the teacher of the Art & Science program, is a hands-on science teacher. He uses a holistic approach to learning that engages a child's movement, vision, feeling, and hearing.


What Happens In Art & Science?

Misc Art & Science PictureThe Nursery and Kindergarten explore materials such as water, clay, wood, cardboard and sand. They perform their own "experiments" with these materials and are provided guidance rather than being told exactly what to do.

The Younger Group has more structure to their Art & Science studies. However, they have many opportunities to follow their own interests. They like to work with prisms, which has led them to create spectrums of color on the floor and the sewing of rainbow bags.

The Older Group learns about circuitry by creating works of art using motors, light bulbs and batteries to produce such things as a twirling ballerina, a virtual reality device and various automated boats. The OG also does scientific reporting and hypothesis testing. Student hypotheses regarding seeds involved seeing and reporting the effects of seeds growing in darkness, in cotton, and after microwaving.

Projects can involve the entire school community, such as the making of life-sized puppets for a school-sponsored Welcoming of Spring Parade through downtown Yellow Springs. On another occasion Kindergarten, YG, and OG students constructed a paper dragon, made flags and Chinese food, and together celebrated the Chinese New Year.




Art and Science Newsletter/Blog


Art & Science Newsletter

  • Painting Joe Ayres' Camry

    The Older Group has a busy schedule! The last few weeks of school were packed with the musical, camping, graduation, an end-of- the-year strings concert, practice standardized tests, cleaning out carrels, and saying goodbye to friends for the summer. This year, the Older Group had the opportunity to end the year with an ambitious art project: painting one of the cars in Joe Ayres’ collection of late 90’s Toyota Camry wagons. 

    The children sketched designs on paper, came to a consensus on a draft, penciled in the design on the car, and began painting. Little elements changed along the way. Together they decided where they wanted different colors, and a tiger was added to the hood. It was a great project to end the year with! 

    Thanks to Joe Ayres for giving the children this opportunity! 

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