Art and Science Initiative Students Co-Design Curriculum for OMSI Camp

May 29, 2017

Through PNCA's Art and Science Initiative, four Art + Science STEAM Student Educators have collaborated with PNCA faculty and OMSI staff to develop a weeklong summer camp for grades 8-12. At the OMSI Master Designers camp students will work with various media including printing, performance, photography, observational drawing. They'll explore design principles to understand shapes and forms in nature, explore species anatomy and ecological function, and use image making to understand natural processes on land and in the atmosphere and oceans. 

Master Designers runs for a week beginning August 14 from 7am-5pm at OMSI's Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, Oregon.

Each year through our Art and Science Initiative, four students are chosen as Art + Science STEAM Student Educators. They are mentored by faculty including Emily Bosanquet and Mallor Pratt to develop and co-teach art-science integrated curriculum as part of OMSI’s summer programming at the Coastal Discovery Center.  

Each student receives a $250 stipend and room and board for one week during the summer where they teach curriculum they developed to middle or high school students alongside OMSI science instructors. The Art+Science STEAM Educator positions are excellent opportunities for students considering or interested in arts/design-integrated teaching and learning. This experience is an opportunity to explore creative teaching methods and develop ways to facilitate a deeper understanding of what art and design thinking can spark in young minds when they investigate the natural world.

The 2017 positions were awarded to: Kimber Tidd, BFA, Animated Arts’ 18; Megan Kuttler BFA Communication Design’ 18; Michelle Vorce, MFA Collaborative Design’ 18; and Tippi Calson, BFA’ 15.