Creativity Lab

Activity Guides

Intersections of Science and Art in the Sky

  • “Orbit Pavilion” is a collaboration between two visual strategists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a composer, and an architect. The composed sounds heard within the pavilion represent the movement of the International Space Station and 19 satellites orbiting Earth.
  • Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World” in The Huntington’s Dibner Hall of the History of Science was an exhibition focusing on four areas of scientific exploration: astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light. The astronomy section includes texts from Nicholas Copernicus, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and Galileo Galilei.
  • “Radiant Beauty” was an exhibition at The Huntington that focused on the artist and astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827–1895). Trouvelot created more than 7,000 astronomical illustrations that included star clusters, comets, planets, the Milky Way, and celestial phenomena. In addition to astronomical drawings, Trouvelot produced around 50 scientific articles.

Discover the objects in these exhibitions online on The Huntington’s website and in the Huntington Digital Library. Resources and links are provided at the end of this activity guide.

The following resources explore how science can be depicted through art with activities such as drawing what you hear, creating your own planet, and printmaking. While the activities are designed for middle school students, they can be adapted for elementary and high school students.