Sowing Creativity is an integrated visual arts residency program developed by the San Jose Museum of Art to address the new California Common Core State Standards and to meet the urgent need to promote creativity across disciplines. The program brings first- to fifth-grade classroom teachers together with teaching artists from SJMA and science instructors from the Youth Science Institute (YSI) to promote studentâ€™s creativity and success.
2014Â â€“ 2015Â CURRICULUM: ART + SCIENCE = WONDER
â€œLearn to see. Realize that everything is connected.â€â€“ Leonardo da Vinci, 16th century
Leonardo, revered as one of the worldâ€™s most brilliant intellectuals, was a painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, engineer, anatomist, botanist, and cartographer. His inseparable artistic and scientific pursuits model an extraordinary sense of wonder. In the 21st century, artists and scientists continue to share purposes, processes, and tools. The 2014Â â€’ 2015Â Sowing Creativity curriculum highlights the overlap of these two disciplines through hands-on experimentation. It empowers students to become more successful thinkers, makers, and doers.
The integrated curriculum, developed collaboratively by SJMAâ€™s teaching artists and scientists, leads students to ask and answer two essential questions: Who am I and how am I connected to the universe, my planet, and my community? What processes, purposes, and tools do artists and scientists share? A series of age-appropriate lessons unfold sequentially in a four-part, micro- to macro-succession: universe, earth, community, and self.