RISD STEAM

Attention and Perception


Novel representations and diverse perspectives can reveal new insights into complex systems, and can support rich understandings of the world. In this activity, students will identify and analyze the choices artists and scientists make when creating representations of living or non-living natural objects. This process will help students recognize the potential and place for their own articulation of how the world works. After drawing from nature, students will reflect on the process of representing information, then compare their drawings with that of a 16th-century artist. Students will consider what is included and what is excluded, and hypothesize about larger contexts and systems.

  • RISD STEAM / Attention and Perception Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Novel representations and diverse perspectives can reveal new insights into complex systems, and can support rich understandings of the world. In this activity, students will identify and analyze the choices artists and scientists make when creating representations of living or non-living natural objects. This process will help students recognize the potential and place for their own articulation of how the world works. After drawing from nature, students will reflect on the process of representing information, then compare their drawings with that of a 16th-century artist. Students will consider what is included and what is excluded, and hypothesize about larger contexts and systems.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Basin at Argenteuil / RISD STEAM

    Claude Monet French, 1840-1926
    The Basin at Argenteuil, 1874
    Oil on canvas
    55.2 x 74.3 cm (21 3/4 x 29 1/4 inches)
    Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth

    Grades: 6-12
  • Oak Leaf (textile) / RISD STEAM

    Ilonka Karasz, designer American, 1896-1981
    Lesher-Whitman Co., manufacturer 1852-1930s
    Oak Leaf (textile), 1928
    Mohair wool; plain weave, screen print
    Length: 130.2 cm (51 1/4 inches)
    Mary B. Jackson Fund

    Grades: 6-12
  • Flowers and Leaves / RISD STEAM

    Duncan Grant, designer British, 1885-1978
    Allan Walton Fabrics, manufacturer English Flowers and Leaves, 1936
    Cotton; cut warp pile, hand screenprinted
    Length: 279.4 cm (110 inches)
    Mary B. Jackson Fund

    Grades: 6-12
  • Coverlet / RISD STEAM

    Ann Dexter (American, 1789-1874)
    Helen Tabor Swift, Nancy Bryant Foster, Coverlet, 1815 and 1900
    Linen plain weave with wool embroidery
    Length: 229.2 cm (90 1/4 inches)
    Gift of Edith N. Rathbun

    Grades: 6-12