recognizing "waterfall" with art and geoscience: a practice at an international school / アートと地球科学で「滝」をみる 〜インターナショナルスクールでの実践〜

Posted by yuichi hayakawa on 4/30/2018 with No comments

Thoroughly supported by the artist Aki Sahoko and the art teacher Jennifer de Calvillo, there was an opportunity for us (PI: hayakawa) to have a talk on the interaction of art and geoscience at an art class in the elementary school of Osaka International School.

アーティストの安芸早穂子さん、美術教諭のJennifer de Calvilloさんのご協力のもと、大阪インターナショナルスクール小学部の美術の授業で,アートと地球科学を織り交ぜたお話をさせていただく機会がありました。

From the viewpoint of science, the purpose of the geoscience study, methodological approaches including fieldwork, and the way of using the data obtained were outlined, and with some examples, the students are guided to understand the scientific procedures. From the viewpoint of art, after watching several expressions of 3D research data, the representation of one's images of water, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc. was challenged to be expressed as drawings.


The target is equivalent to the 3rd to 4th-grade elementary school in Japan.
The chief theme picked up is "waterfall".


The building of Osaka International School is a modern and open architecture.


It is a so-called "art room" of a school. Unlike those in typical Japanese schools, various "decorations" are presented to enhance one's inspiration even just staying in the room. Projectors are also available. 


Waterfall expressed as "point cloud", obtained by a three-dimensional measurement. Here, the world is represented by "points". Also, the art teacher Jennifer explains the common characteristics with the drawing of "pointillism" in the 19th century.


3D point cloud by terrestrial laser scanning of Choshi Ohtaki in Oirase Valley, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan.
This model is marked as "Staff picked" in Sketchfab, and has received much attention from numerous people.

実はこのモデル,SketchfabでもStaff pickedに取り上げられ,多くの方からの注目を浴びています。

An example of pointillism in the 19th century.
"A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (Georges Seurat, 1884-86)


A personal computer and cardboards on the desk.


Students manipulate the 3D model displayed on the computer.


Exploring the cardboard 3D models of an island and a waterfall created from the 3D measurement data. By watching and touching, they feel the shape of nature at their hand.


A "waterfall" made by Ms. Aki. When opening the cardboard box of Amazon, a waterfall flows out. Amazon in Amazon !!

安芸さんがつくった「滝」。アマゾンのダンボール箱を開くと,滝が流れ出てきます。Amazon in Amazon!!

One's image of a waterfall is drawn on a triangular paper. Some of the imagination is from the observation in outdoors while watching the flow of water. Paints and color pencils are NOT used – colors are given by grinding down natural items such as flowers and soil.



The student's production will continue, and they will eventually be presented at the JpGU meeting next month.
Please look forward to it!

May 20, 2018 (Sun.) Poster session of "Collaboration and Co-creation between Geoscience and Art"
O07-P01 アートと地形学:滝の多彩なみかた
O07-P01 "Art and geomorphology: colorful recognition of waterfalls" 

2018/5/20(日) 「地球科学とアートの協働・共創」ポスターセッション
O07-P01 アートと地形学:滝の多彩なみかた