Yulara Primary School Students Explore the Universe and the Earth through Deep Time

Earth Sciences & Astronomy Interactive Art created in collaboration with kids

In April 2016 Ben Beeton who was an artist in residence at Yulara near Uluru and Nathaniel Butterworth who is an astronomer at the Astro-hub visited Yulara Primary School. Ben and Nathaniel spoke to the students about the deep time history of life on earth and our place in the universe. Ben and Nathaniel brought images for kids to choose from which they could draw. This artwork is a collage of those drawings.

Artwork

Interactive Artwork

Yulara Primary School Project

 Objectives

Inform the students on ecology, geology, deep time history and astronomy

Include the students in the research and creative process through their own discoveries and art

Create an earth sciences/astronomy artwork

Leave a legacy in the form of interactive online art

Process

1) Teach students about how the age of the periods of Geological time relates to the when light that is reaching us now left selected stars or galaxies.

2) Teach students what the world might have looked like where their school is at the beginning of each geological period of time.

3) Teach students about the local geology and ecology through kid selecting something to draw in the environment.

4) Incorporate the kids drawings into a digital artwork about the ecology, geology, deep time history and relevant astronomy to the region

5) Embed short films into the artwork which teach the kids more about what they have drawn