Science + Social Science  | Grades 3-12

At Bend Art Center: May 6-Jun 30, 2019
In your classroom: Mar 4-Jun 7, 2019

Explore the fusion of mythology and astronomy with this education program based on our May-June exhibit! In this 90-minute program, we’ll study a series of paintings by Sisters artist Paul Alan Bennett. Full of pattern and color, Bennett’s art recalls his travels to Greece and celebrates constellations inspired by ancient myths. We’ll “read” the skies to unlock timeless stories of Greek heroes and uncover key values of Greek culture. We’ll also learn how ancient constellations inform modern astronomy. In the second half of our program, we’ll explore some of the artist’s techniques and create mixed-media works of our own original constellations—a fun start to a creative writing or story-telling assignment!

$8/student (discounts for rural and Title 1 schools) 

Schedule today!


Education Standards

This program supports Oregon State Education Visual Arts Standards (all grades) and the following Science Standards for 5th Grade:

ESS1.A:  The Universe and its Stars

The sun is a star that appears larger and brighter than other stars because it is closer. Stars range greatly in their distance from Earth. (5-ESS1-1)

ESS1.B:  Earth and the Solar System

The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year. (5-ESS1-2)