Raven Garland

In sixth grade, we study astronomy in a way that aims to awaken wonder for the night sky. Students are given observational tasks in which they get to know the positions of the constellations, the phases of the moon, and the paths of the ‘wandering stars’ (planets). The painting ‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh is a masterpiece of art, but it also points to one of the most mysterious and wonder-filled scientific concepts known as turbulent flow. In sixth grade, the students also begin to paint and draw in more formed ways. The project of reproducing Van Gogh’s painting using acrylic paint on canvas sheets tied the two topics of art and astronomy together. It was a successful project and greatly enjoyed by the class.