A cross-disciplinary experience combining art and science? Sign us up! Throughout the year, seniors have been working on muscle art projects in their anatomy class in which they explored, researched, and drew facts about the muscles used in their favorite sports.
Upper School science teacher and Chair of Upper School Science Department Dr. Adriana Andrade originally created this project, and this year submitted it as a proposal for the 2022 National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Conference, where it has been selected to be presented in Chicago from July 21-23, 2022.
“Many years ago, when I was teaching in another school, I created a project for my anatomy and physiology class called, ‘Using Art to Describe the Structure and Function of the Muscular System.’ This project became very popular and I was asked to repeat it every year,” Dr. Andrade said. “The project gives students a great opportunity to research and discuss something they love and also uses art as a way to demonstrate what they learned–I have found many great artists in my classes through this project!”
This year, Dr. Andrade taught Upper School science teacher Ayesha Alirahi how to do the project with her anatomy and physiology students, as well as collaborated with Upper School art teacher Marnie McLaughlin who helped students draw the muscles used in their favorite sports activities on life-size posters. Dr. Andrade plans to include the Athletics department in next year’s iteration of the project.
Check out this video to learn more about some of the seniors’ muscle art projects!