Upper School Advanced Drawing and AP Art Classes Make New Connections With Art Editor Elizabeth Meryman

Another reason a Poly Arts education is so special: Elizabeth Meryman, art editor during the 1990s for the nationally recognized “The Sciences” (1961-2001), the magazine of the New York Academy of Sciences, met with students in Advanced Drawing and AP Art classes to talk about the connections between art, science, and history.

Before her visit,  the students read scientific articles, then formed groups to choose artwork that connected to the the themes they’d read about and explain how they made their choices. Matisse, Diego Rivera, Edvard Munch, and Moriko Mori were some of the artists who inspired them to see art through a different lens, not just as an expression of the artist’s emotions, but in historical and scientific contexts.

The visit was arranged by Robert Aberlin ‘62, P’00, ‘03, Poly’s Director of Arts Outreach.