Scouts publicising our workshop online

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After the success of the Scout’s workshop, we were further honoured with a mention on the Scouts website and Facebook page. Already I have had messages from other groups on how to run this workshop, providing us with the unplanned opportunity to inspire more kids around London to pick up their microscopes in an attempt to really demonstrate how the combination of science and art can be fun.

 

Art and Science – A Perspective of a Medical Student  

By conversing with a forth year medical student, Ams Blenkinsop, studying at King’s College London, we found a first person perpective on the modern views of how art interacts with science

When you look at figurative art, do you view it from a medical perspective? 

AB: Yes, I find it helps a lot when I’m trying to sketch as well!

Have you ever considered teaming up with artists to further your knowledge of medicine?

AB: Yes but I don’t have a lot of spare time because of my course.

As medicine and technology are constantly advancing, do you think anatomical drawings and sculptures are a good source of information?

AB: Yes, I prefer using drawn textbooks because I find them easier to understand anatomy from. I can relate to that because seeing cadavers and live surgeries is hugely different from textbooks; real life offers way more anatomical variation. It’s way harder understanding anatomy without cadaver experience!

How has art influenced your practice?

AB: I don’t think it has influenced my practice so much, but I find I enjoy art much more because of my experience in anatomy.

Do you think artists can educate the public in a more playful manner?

AB: I can imagine that art would be very helpful to members of the public as it provides a much less gory and possibly a more easily understandable representation of the human anatomy

Interview Questions for Eleanor Crook

To what extent do you feel you’re allowed to be contemporary in your practice?

How do you feel your practice is challenging art & science?

Have you noticed a change in the techniques and styles of medical art since the start of your career?

How has your practice changed medical art?

How do you see your own practice in relation to other artist in the same field?

What is your favourite medium? And why?

Why did you choose medical art?

What has been your most accomplished piece of work? And why?

Do you feel like you create work that is controversial? If so why?

Do you feel that there are many limitations in your practice?

How do you feel you have overcome these limitations?

What is the most challenging part of your work?

As an artist what are your main inspirations & how have you incorporated these inspirations into your practice

How would you like people to engage with medical art in the future?

With technology growing how do you feel the medical art practice will change?

Scouts Workshop

In preparation for Scouts, we applied the knowledge and experience we had gained from our previous 4D2PS workshops.  We decided to set up four stations for the children to be involved in, taking into account the potential Scout group size. We specifically tailored them to the children, making sure they were more interactive, enjoyable and educational. We really enjoyed the opportunity to engage with them and their enthusiasm.

Station 1 – Colouring-in of microscopic images of snake skin.

The children seemed to enjoy the chance of being able to use different media whilst working out the contents of the image. They could draw on their own past experiences to better understand what the microscopic photo could be and how it could be altered in different ways, for example, how snake skin could be seen as crocodile skin. Known in scientific terms as ‘Discovery Learning’, a theory that suggests that the act of discovery is brought upon by combining past experiences and knowledge. Looking back, this workshop was a successful alternative to the other busy stations, on which the children were so intent on using. In the end, the finished images were able to tesselate and form our own enlarged snake, shown by our zine front cover.

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Station 2 – Hand held microscope connected to a projector.

There was a lot of excitement around playing with the microscopes. The most interest lay in looking at their skin (fingers, hands, faces), clothing and hair. (See zine blog post for more information)

Making a Zine

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Station 3 – A more powerful microscope and fruit leather.

The children were intrigued by the process and outcome of the fruit leather, as it was something they had never seen before. The fact that it was made out of dehydrated kiwi fruit meant that the internal structure of the kiwi was on show allowing the children to reflect on what they had already seen using the other microscopes. This workshop was only aimed at the older children (the Scouts) due to its potential to tear.

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Ultimately we believe our workshop has been a success as the children expressed enjoyment over the activities we set up for them. Our workshop was later posted on the Scouts Facebook page and other Scout leaders have been in contact with us to ask about the different activities for their own Scouts evenings.

This demonstrated how even though we put on different workshops within the group, based on our research and idiosyncratic talents, reflecting back it showcased how this first collaboration of using a microscope outside the Art college context was the best. Use the link below to see our first workshop together:

Microscope images… Taking it one step further

Our intention is now to document these workshops in the form of a published zine. We would like to keep the integrity of the experience the children had as original as possible.