Experimenting with watercolors and art!

We are big fans of providing young children opportunities to experiment with art. While experiments take place in science or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) contexts, anyone who engages in the arts knows that inquiry and experiments are a key part of being creative. . .

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A post on watercolor experiments on Ms. Walker’s Art Info blog offers some great ideas for having young people combine aspects of scientific and artistic experimenting. San Fransisco’s Exploratorium also offers a number of arts-focused videos that could lead to interesting experiments related to science.

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If you are looking to help young people develop their inquiry skills through art, consider using a framework such as The Performing Arts Workshop’s Cycle of Artistic Inquiry to guide artistic activities and experiments.