This is probably one of my most favorite lessons to teach..data inspired art. We look at the work of artists who create what appears to be seemingly abstract art but come to find out it is inspired by data. The data can be as simple as a heart rate or as complicated as the pressure readings inside of a hurricane. This data is represented visually using some art medium. In class, we worked from data we created on site using a die to roll numbers and creating marks using system/key as a guide. Then students, working in small groups, created their own systems to work from. The final project for this lesson is a collaborative data painting. Each student completed a survey about their learning preferences in regards to being right brained or left brained. We represented these answers using a color key. The visually represented data will be put together to create a large painting. Looking at the final artwork, we can investigate the data and look for trends in answers, determine who is more right or left brained and look for similar data profiles.
"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School