Art & Science

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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.

Brian Brogan, 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 & Science Newsletter

  • First Days in Art & Science
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    The magic of working at the Antioch School over a period of years is to experience the renewal that comes with the first day of a new school year. It is so exciting and stimulating to see the children enter the building on the first day. One feels the energy and sense of expectation, coupled with a bit of anxiety that typically melts away by the first lunch.

    I love seeing the children, greeting them, hugging them and noticing how they have grown.  I love hearing about their summer adventures and about their new interests.

    Teaching here is a reminder of how wonderful the world can actually be, how precious new discoveries are, and how joyful it can be to learn new things.

    It is renewing and reinvigorating to be back at school. I look forward to sharing in the joys of learning with the children and sharing with everyone about our life in the Art & Science room and throughout  our school. Now it is time to soak in teethe pleasures of childhood and learning the Antioch School way.

    Brian Brogan

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I began teaching Art and Science at The Antioch School in 2001. I probably have one of the most interesting and challenging teaching jobs in America. I get to work with a wide age range of students (3 1/2 to 12 years old), while helping them learn two seemingly very different disciplines. Let me just assure you that it is a fun, exciting, and very doable job.

I grew up in New York City, where I attended elementary school, The High School of Art and Design in mid-town Manhattan, and then The City College of New York, where I received my Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology with minors in French and Philosophy. Thinking I wanted to teach high school social studies, I next received my teaching certificate at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. While working on that certificate, I realized I actually had a great affinity for working with younger students. My education and life path next brought me to Yellow Springs, where I worked at Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center as a naturalist and later as the Environmental Specialist for the Springfield City Schools. I was then asked to teach elementary science at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, where I served for 13 years before coming to The Antioch School.

As a long time teacher, I see my role as one of sharing my love of the world--especially the world as it relates to art, science, and nature--with the children I am privileged to teach. Children need to spend their time with adults who allow them to maintain and continue to develop their own natural curiosity and inborn love of learning. I try to do this to the best of my ability, while continuously presenting them with new experiences and ideas to explore and enjoy.

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The Antioch School 1993-2002