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2017 Art & Science Workshops

The Junior Center offers a variety of hands-on art and science workshops which support the California State Framework requirements. Workshops may be presented at school sites or at the Junior Center’s site in Oakland. Each workshop is 75 minutes in length, interactive in design, and presented by an experienced instructor. Workshops are offered to classroom teachers, recreation centers, libraries, home school groups, and other organizations looking for art and science integration workshops. 

Teachers may schedule a tour by calling the Junior Center staff at 510.839.5777.

Workshops can be rescheduled at any time . If  a workshop is cancelled 14 days in advance of the scheduled date a 50% refund can be received.

Workshop Descriptions

Painting the Seasons: Exploring Color and Weather through Art

Students will create a seasonal painting in “Claude Monet’s” style. They will use art as a way to compare changes in weather over time. This integrated lesson offers an opportunity to understand color theory, such as warm and cool colors, aspects of color mixing, as well as investigate how the changes in weather affect our environment.

“In the Style of…” Series

Students will be introduced to the life and work of the featured artists through stories, a demonstration, and a hands-on art lesson. Students will learn about the artist’s working style, inspirations, and favorite subject matter by viewing prints of the artist’s work and through the instructor’s demonstration, then students will try their hand at interpreting an artist’s famous work.

“In Touch with Nature” Series

Why does a cockroach hiss? What does a bearded dragon do when they are scared? Why do some toads have red or “fire” belly?  Each JCAS animal workshop is an interactive presentation that teaches children about the habitat of specific animals, their special features, and their adaptive behaviors. In these workshops students gain an awareness of life cycles, the food chain, skeletal structure, and fun facts.

Students will also  complete an observational drawing which illustrates what they have learned, noticed, and interpreted about the animal.

“Rocket Science”

Experiments with air pressure allow students to hypothesize and compare results.  Students work in teams to build and launch water rockets which can fly as high as 70 feet.

NGSS Standards: Science and engineering practices: Planning and carrying out investigations

Gravity: What Goes Up Must Come Down

What is force and how does it work? In this workshop  students learn about different forces such as gravity, friction, and air resistance, and how they affect movement. Then students apply their understanding of forces and motion by conducting experiments in which they drop various objects observing how gravity affects the objects. Students will test the effects of gravity on themselves and other objects. Experiments and data are recorded in handmade science journals.

Bird Brains

Investigate the field of biology research. Students become ornithologists (bird scientists), and explore feathers, birds of Lake Merritt and the features that make these birds unique. Using field research tools, youth identify local birds and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior. In addition, students will participate in a design challenge where they will be asked to make a bird’s nest from recycled materials in a mystery box.

Download brochure: Outreach Brochure


Paul Cezanne

Jacob Lawrence

Henri Matisse

Claude Monet

Georgia O’Keeffe

Wayne Thiebaud

Vincent Van Gogh

Portfolio Fees

$20 per portfolio, per teacher, per two week period.