Art is essential to science and invention (technology). We must represent in art what we seek to find or create in science or technology. We use art to disseminate the work of scientists and engineers. Artistic thinking involves many of the same processes that underlie creativity in science and technology. For example, it involves: mentally envisioning things we have never seen but would like to express, understand or invent; giving meaning to what we see; looking deeply at things that others see only superficially; dissecting ideas to their essential elements; persisting past barriers to discovery; getting peer input; learning how to take care of one’s equipment, and learning how others have approached similar problems. If society wants to produce more people like Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs, it must nurture minds with education in art and other humanities, as well as math and science.
Paintbrush Diplomacy is collaborating with the Peninsula Museum of Art to create Leonardo’s Studio, where youngsters can learn how imagination, persistence and trained abilities lead to effective problem solving, scientific discovery and invention . It enables children to grow artistically and to envision the interconnections between how one thinks about doing art, writing, math, science, and other endeavors such as sports. Children learn that all artists, famous or not, child or adult, engage in similar processes in moving from inspiration to high quality artistic products or any kind of creative product. Producing good art involves a process. Leonardo’s Studio teaches that process.