Creating Art in the Pursuit of Science

Paul Zahller, Upper School Science Teacher, created a new project for Exploratory Botany, a student-led, inquiry-based scientific study of plants that explores the interconnection between diverse plant types and the importance of plants in the environment and society. Students learn creative observation and how to investigate plant phenomena.

Students created a virtual herbarium, a collection of specimens that resides in a digital space. The work is going to be continued each year and can be easily shared with others.

Tiffany D’Addario, Upper School Fine Arts Teacher, helped launch the creative and technical component of the project. She led students through the process of photography lighting for botany using available resources. “Students learn how using the process of creating art elevates the desired outcome,” D’Addario said.