Astronomy Art Project

posted Sep 14, 2017, 2:24 PM by Nikhil Joshi   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 7:35 AM ]
Part 1
For part 1 of your project, find a piece of art that shows astronomy content and that speaks to you. The art can't merely just show objects in the sky, rather it should be using the astronomical reference to make an artistic statement. The astronomy should be an active component in statement the artist is trying to make about society, about humanity, and the human condition. One way to look at it is that if you remove the astronomy, or replace it with other non-astronomical images, the statement or purpose of the artwork will change.
The artwork must also speak to you - it should illicit an emotional or thoughtful response. What feelings does the artwork make you have? What ideas does it make you think about? Why does the artwork draw you in or engage with you?
Once you've selected your piece, write a short essay about these ideas based on the following requirements.
  1. Identify the title, artist, and date of creation of the artwork. Provide a picture, excerpt, or link to the artwork as appropriate. Identify how you found that art, or how you knew about it.
  2. Analyze the artwork as described above. Explain to me what statement the artist is trying to make with the art, and how they are using astronomy to make the statement.
  3. Tell me what feelings or ideas the artwork causes you to have. What does the artwork mean to you personally?
The essay must comply with the following style guidelines:
  1. Between 1 (minimum) and 2 (maximum) pages
  2. Typed, 1.5-spaced, Times Roman 12pt. font 1" margins.
  3. Images do not count toward the length of the paper - i.e. a large image does not consume any page count.
  4. Submitted electronically via the Astronomy Trello page
  5. Due beginning of class on Monday 9/18.
To submit your assignment on Trello, do the following:
  1. Go to and create an account.
  2. After creating your account, join the Astronomy Board.
  3. Submit your essay as a card on the art project list by creating a card with a link to your essay.