Log In

Exploring Art and Animals: Adaptation, Comics, and Stress

Average rating:
Number of reviews:
In this hour-long course, students will learn how drawing with purpose can help us decipher captivating adaptations in the wild, and gain insight into their own stress responses.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
This class is taught in English.
  • Students will recognize the interconnectedness between the intentional elements in a drawing and the useful adaptations found in nature, fostering a holistic understanding of how every detail matters and serves a specific function in art and science.
B.A. in Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Conservation from Boston University, attended courses for evolution and the graphic novel. Past experience teaching variants of this lesson to middle-schoolers in NJ private schools and in MIT's Full STEAM Ahead remote highschooler program.
Students must come prepared with a couple sheets of blank paper, and a writing utensil. Pencil is recommended, but they may use whatever they desire to draw with.
We will be briefly be discussing topics of stress management (meditation/reflection) and symptoms of stress (heavy breathing, sweat, nervousness, etc.) in a scientific manner of why these happen and what we can do to help minimize stress. Additionally, during visual analysis, students will see family-friendly clips from 'Avatar the last Airbender' (https://youtu.be/3BlyEasNRis), 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (contains animated spider bite scene) (https://youtu.be/3v9Pfg4Ocbg), and 'Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1xAzPlh4i0).
Stress Management: https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management

Comics and Abstraction: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud, + knowledge from college-level graphic novel courses

 +  knowledge from college-level evolutionary adaptation courses (B.A. in Biology from Boston University)
Joined June, 2023
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in Science from Boston University
Hello, I'm Mr.Medina, a passionate STEAM (STEM + Art) educator dedicated to fostering holistic learning and social-emotional development. With a genuine love for connecting with students, I thrive on mentoring them in their areas of interest and... 
Group Class


per class
Meets once
90 min

Completed by 2 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-15
3-8 learners per class

SafetyPrivacyCA PrivacyLearner PrivacyTerms
Outschool International
Get The App
Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play
© 2024 Outschool