Field Trips at the Junior Center of Art and Science

Field trips at the Junior Center of Art and Science. Connect to art and science in new ways by visiting the Junior Center with your classroom. School tours at the Junior Center include:

  •  Artist-led tour of our work on display
  •  Inquiry-led group discussion
  •  Hands-on making activity led by a Junior Center instructor


General Information

  • Our tours support Common Core State Standards by encouraging critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.
  • Tour group capacity up to 32 students.
  • Chaperones required (one per ten students recommended).
  •  Cost is $135 per group with 32 students max.
  • Tours are available: Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am.
  • Students may bring a lunch to enjoy on our deck after the tour. We ask students and chaperones to clean up after enjoying lunch!


Bring JCAS to your school by scheduling a workshop for your class.  Each workshop is hands-on and inquiry-led and
lasts approximately 75-minutes.  Workshops are presented by experienced instructors who are professional in their
field and our curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and CA content standards in the
visual arts.

Explore patterns in nature and human world through interdisciplinary art making. Students use various
art mediums to gain an understanding of how patterns are a carefully crafted organization of line, color,
and design that tell a story, and expand their understanding of nature.
NGSS Cross Cutting and CA VAPA 1.1, 2, 3, 5.4
Cause and Effect:
Explore science concepts through art making in this integrated workshop students investigate
relationships between events using art as the basis for exploration.
NGSS Crosscutting: Cause and effect, CA VAPA 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1
Structure and Function:
Explore basic engineering concepts in this hands-on workshop. Students engage in design challenges
through a variety of building and art materials as they learn about concepts such as: balance,
construction, weight, and architecture.
NGSS Crosscutting: Structure and Function, 3 LS1-1 (science and engineering core concepts)
Perspective and Design:
How do you transform a 2D image into 3D design? How do you make something look far away or close
up in a drawing or painting? In this session students use principles of art, math, and design to create a
lively multi-dimensional artwork that encourages them to think ways to depict and design public and
personal space.
NGSS Crosscutting concepts: Systems and System Functions and Scale, Proportion and Quantity, CA
VAPA 1.3, 2.3

Proportion and Symmetry:
Artists often structure their compositions in particular ways in order to convey a sense of harmony in
the picture. How do artists go about communicating balance and unity through the organization of
objects, colors, or lines in their paintings? In this lesson, students explore the use of symmetry and

balance artwork and how it is used by artists to express ideas. Students identify lines of symmetry and
congruent figures. They explore these concepts with paper cutting, paint, or oil pastels.
NGSS Crosscutting concepts: Scale and Proportion, Stability and Change. CA VAPA
Energy and Matter:
Explore the states of matter, gravity and energy in this exciting program where students get to set things
off and also build, and design rockets. Students will work in groups to create their designs as well as
explore energy and systems through a series of fun experiments where they can hypothesize and
compare results. Collaboration and inquiry are fundamental components of the class.
NGSS Standards: Science and Engineering practices: Planning and carrying out investigations, solving
problems through engineering
Cross cutting concept: Energy and Matter, Systems and System model

Fundamental Forces:
What is force and how does it work? In this workshop students will explore forces such as gravity,
friction and magnetism through art activities. This is a creative applied program that encourages
experimentation and teamwork.
NGSS Crosscutting concept: Stability and Change, CA VAPA 2.4, 2.6, 1.5

Animal Exploration:
Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates, or Predator/Prey
Why does a cockroach hiss? What does a bearded dragon do when they are scared? Why do some toads
have red or “fire” bellies?  Our animal workshop are interactive presentations that introduce students to
the habitat of specific animals, their special features, and their adaptive behaviors. In these workshops
students explore life cycles, the food chain, skeletal structure, and fun facts.
NGSS: 3-LS1.1 and 3-LS1.2, Crosscutting Effects: Cause and Effect and Patterns.
Informed Drawing Through Observation: Animal Study
Meet and learn about one of JCAS’ resident animal ambassadors by using close observation to study
their unique features. Students first analyze and discuss the characteristics of realistic and scientific
drawings, then observe and draw an animal from life using a variety of art mediums. They sketch
shapes, map proportion, define the contour of the animal, develop a range of value, and add line to
describe surface and detail.
NGSS: 3-LS1, A, B, CA VAPA 1.1, 2.1, 4.3, 5.1

"The Junior Center of Art and Science is a fabulous educational resource for families and schools."

Luanda Wesley Lum Elementary School Alameda, California