Environmental PSAs (Spring 2022)

The PSA workshop – a part of Mission STEMCAP – focuses on strategies of communication. Students create posters that broke down key issues and educated people about environmental challenges.

Chimera Collage (Spring 2022)

Students created Chimera* collages out of wildlife photos from reused magazine clippings.
*Chimera are imaginative hybrid creatures composed of physical attributes that represent different qualities.

Home Collages (Spring 2022)

After focusing on issues of environmental injustice, unequal distribution of waste, and overconsumption of resources, students created collages and/or drawings that represent the environment they grew up in. Then, after pondering solutions, students created collages representing their ideal ecosystem.

Drawing with Bacteria (Spring 2022)

Using inoculator rods and various species of bacteria, students drew virtually invisible artworks on agar plants. The bacterial growth over time, revealed the true colors of the bacteria they used. Students learned about the nature of bacteria growth and explored a medium that allows artists to partner with natural processes and living things.

Plant-based Story Telling (Fall 2021)

Students made their own comics – centering plants and non-human species to engage with their stories.

Cyanotype Workshop (Fall 2021)

Using special sun-sensitive paper and a variety of stencils, students made their own Cyanotypes! Cyanotypes are an original method of photography and get their color from a chemical reaction involving iron.

“Found Poem” Collage, Mission STEMCAP Extinction Writing Workshop (Fall 2021)
“Squishy” Circuits (Fall 2021)

Students learned about how circuits work and then got the chance to make their own with conductive dough and LED lights.

Botanical Illustration

Students learned about scientific names, plant parts, and botanical illustrations and then drew their own botanical artwork. 

Cyanotype Workshop
Turbulence and Watercolor workshop

Students learned the effects that the turbulent properties of water have on watercolors. They then made watercolor “flexagons” with abstract designs and haikus.

3-D Viruses

With a virologist, students learned how to construct 3D models of real viruses!

Clouds and Watercolors

Students learned about the science behind cloud formations. The students created their own watercolor paints using spices and other natural materials to help represent the impurities needed to form clouds.

“Squishy Circuits”

Students learned about how circuits work and then got the chance to make their own with conductive dough and LED lights.

Bacteria Imagery/ Agar Plate Bacteria Art

Students learned about the role of bacteria and the process of plating them into agar plates.

Tree Ring Activity

Students learned about Climate Change and its effects on Juniper trees. They then got to look at tree ring samples and graph how wet or dry each year was since they were born according to the tree rings.

Shaving Cream Art

Students used shaving cream and food coloring to create marbled paper, and the presenting scientists explained the chemistry that accounts for the marbling effect.

Portraits of Influential Women

In a partnership between the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and the Better Days 2020, project students created portraits of influential women throughout history.

Fish Classification

After instruction from a fish biologist, students classified and created their own species of fish.

Entropy Art

Students learned about entropy by looking at examples found within the Great Salt Lake and Spiral Jetty. In order to reflect this natural chaos, they used bouncy balls and paint to demonstrate entropy.

Agamograph

Students used oil pastels to demonstrate climate change on their own environments.

Overconsumption Collage

Students learned about Overconsumption and created collages using up-cycled materials.

Habitat Books

Students drew creatures and their habitats with watercolors, reflecting on biodiversity loss and other environmental challenges.