Charles | 2013.05.03
First off I would like to say that I am neither an expert artist or scientist, but rather an admirer/lover/fan of the beauty of these two fields. I feel that outer space is one of the most beautiful and wonderous places that we are still learning much about. The deep complexities of space provide a sense of wonder, and create great inspiration for some of my favorite pieces of art both visual and musical. I have not always liked science, in middle school it was actually my least favorite subject in school. Through being part of the NOVAS program as well as others, I have been able to escape the endless textbook pages of science that repulsed me, and gain a new perspective on a subject that most people do not get interested in.
Katrina | 2013.05.03
Have you ever thought that science and art could ever be connected? I sure have not come across that idea or thought about it until I attended the NOVAS program last year. Upon scrolling through lists of summer programs and contemplating on what to apply for, this one program caught my eye. In general, I have had a great liking for art, and found it interesting that there was a program that would be able to explore the relationship between art and astronomy. I’ve participated in an abundance of activities from painting exoplanets, and creating stop motion animation films to explain missions sent to space. I’m Katrina, an intern at the NOVAS program, and being a part of the program has definitely allowed me to explore different aspects of art and science altogether.
Alejandro | 2013.05.03
>I would like to make a chemistry joke, but all the good ones Argon. Everyone should have some sort of interest in science, since it does help to explain all the astonishing things that happen around us each and every day. Science and the arts help to make sense of the world around us, and as such I am very interested in both! I learn about the world through/ because of science, and process the world through art, especially music. However, this does not mean that art has no place in science. All the pictures that we see to represent such things as atoms and planets are artists renderings of things we do not readily see everyday. Science needs artists to bring concepts to life, to give them a shape and form, using scientific theories, so that people can better understand these concepts. The marriage of arts and science makes sense, and this program attempts to bring this idea to teenagers and get them excited about it!
Steve | 2013.02.27
Welcome to NASA Opportunities in Visualization, Art, and Science! NOVAS explores NASA science through art and highlights the need for and uses of art and visualizations in science. We learn about space and humanity's place in the universe, and express our understanding through art. Last summer two dozen teens from the San Francisco Bay Area gathered weekly to talk with space scientists and to create collaborative art through painting, animation, sculpture, and other media. We're currently recruiting high school students for our after-school program, and we'll be presenting more exciting workshops this summer. You can find out more here!
NOVAS is produced by a team of science- and art-education specialists from the UC Berkeley Space Science Lab and Astronomy Department, and the YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, and is funded by a grant from NASA.