The Art of Science and the Science of Art

By Haley Horton

We live in a culture that stereotypes students by majors and categorizes people into comfortable bubbles of left-brain or right-brain. But what if it was not so black and white?

The worlds of science and art collide in wonder, discovery, and self-improvement. As a woman with interests in both disciplines, I decided to make a drawing to illustrate the similarities between the journeys both the artist and the scientist must take…


“All good science is art. And all good art is science.” ~ John Fowles. They both begin with a spark, an idea, some kind of inspiration that awes the soul. It’s the question: What if…


Once we’ve tapped into that idea, there’s no stopping the energy bursting from the artist and the scientist. “The most beautiful experience we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein.


Something always goes wrong. My grandmother was an art teacher, and she used to tell me, “Mess it up, dress it up.” Whether in the studio or a lab, something will not go as planned, and both the artist and the scientist must find a new way to continue.


The artist interprets and expresses the same world that the scientist studies. They both explore and discover. As Leonardo da Vinci, a master of both fields, put it, “Principles for the development of a complete mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses –– especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

Something New

Around every corner of each new discovery is something new we couldn’t imagine.

Get Your Ink Ready

October is a month filled with spooky pumpkins, the changing of leaves, and wearing oversized sweaters. Like the weather, there is going to be a change in the artwork you see on social media. Artists are getting ready for the worldwide phenomenon called Inktober. In this special event, artists create different pieces of artwork every day in October using solely ink.

So how does one prepare for this event? Some artist like to plan for each day; however, this event is all about having fun and growing as an artist, so feel free to just wing it! For me, I like to organize my thoughts into my drawing journal because it helps me keep a schedule. Others like to make a digital piece. Whatever works for you.


Now you need to gather your materials to start this fun project. First, you are going to need paper. You can either use your sketchbook for this or get special paper, like watercolor or mixed media paper. Personally, I like to use watercolor paper because I found that it soaks in the ink very well and prevents smudging or smearing. Next, you want to get your ink. There are TONS of different types of ink out there; you just have to find the one right for you. I normally use black India ink with a pentel aquash watercolor brush pen, different sizes of watercolor brushes, and a pental pocket brush. Or, I will use precision pens such as micron or Prismacolor.

Now one of the questions that get’s passed around is: can I use ink that is not black? Some artists out there are sticklers for the traditional black ink, while others believe in adding color in their pieces. The people who only use black believe that it is a classier way and that it is the “true way” of this project. However, the ones that use color may want to put emphasis on an area or just brighten their day up with color. The creator of this event, Jake Parker, doesn’t specify in his rules to use or not to use color; he just says to use ink!

Now you’re ready to start creating your masterpiece! Remember, this is supposed to be a fun and relaxing thing to do, so it’s ok if you miss a day or don’t think your art looks good. Don’t forget to post it with the #inktober and #inktober2017 and make sure to send those beautiful creations our way! Happy inking!