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Art Meets Science
Hands-on art and science for 4th grade classes at the
Irvine Museum and San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine
sponsored by The Irvine Museum and Sea & Sage Audubon Society

Developed in 2007-2008, Art Meets Science is an environmental education program that combines art and science in a unique program for elementary school children.

Students view plein air art at the Irvine Museum with trained art docents, and learn how artists use science when creating these works of art out of nat ure. Students then travel to nearby San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary for an outdoor program of observing nature, recording thoughts and sketches in a personal journal, and creating a group eco-mural to take back to their school.

Length of Program: The 2 1/2 hour program includes a 1 hour indoor tour at the Irvine Museum, and a 1 1/2 hour outdoor proogram at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Grade Level: Designed for 4th grade classes.

Day Offered: Wednesday, f rom 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. during traditional school year.

Program Fee: $5 per student, includes the guided program plus copies of My Nature Journal and Birds of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary for each student. (Please note that the Program Fee is waived during our pilot phase, and $200 of the bus fee is reimbursed through the courtesy of the Irvine Museum.)

Number of students:
Minumum 30 students; maximum 68 students.

The Irvine Museum preserves and displays California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930). One hundred years ago, the splendor of nature fascinated artists and compelled them to paint beautiful paintings while outdoors ("plein air").

During Art Meets Science, students can view these remarkable paintings to capture a glimpse of California's former landscape and share in the artists' reverence for nature.

The museum features 3-4 exhibits each year. Each exhibit allows students a close-up look at how artists interpret nature using lighting, composition, colors, and shapes.
Art Meets Science pgram meets many of the visual arts and life science standards of 4trh grade.
The San Joaquin Wildilfe Sanctuary encompasses 300 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands, the largest in Southern California Because over 90% of California's wetlands have disappeared in the last century, the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is an important habitat for resident and migratory birds and other wildlife.

Sea and Sage Audubon joins with the landowner, the Irvine Ranch Water District, in educating the public about this important resource through school programs, summer day camps, nature walks, and more.

During Art Meets Science, students can experience the incredible diversity and beauty of this wetland habitat and its inhabitants. They can share in the scientist's excitement of making personal discoveries about nature.
SCHEDULE YOUR TRIP: Please contact Trude Hurd at Sea and Sage Audubon Society, or Dora James at the Irvine Museum to discover how your class can participate in Art Meets Science this year .
Trude Hurd, Education Project Director
Phone: 949-261-7964
Email: seaandsage@sbcglobal.net

Dora James, Curator of Education
Phone: 949-476-0294
The Irvine Museum is located on the ground floor at 18881 on Karman between Campus Drive and Michelson in Irvine. (see map)

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 5 Riparian View between Jamboree and Harvard in Irvine. (see directions)


Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963