Everyone knows that they perceive the world, especially through sight, but they may not know all the science behind it. We sent activity kits to kids around Madison with hands-on projects that help them explore how we see the world through science and art.
Through activities about light, the anatomy of the eye, and optical illusions, kids learned about the science and art of perception through this Perception Connection!
Below you can find photos that kids have shared of their finished perception-activities! We also share fun interviews with artists and scientists who use perception in their work.
If you’d like to learn more, have questions, or want to know how to do these activities yourselves, contact us at PerceptionConnectionKohler@gmail.com!
Have fun, be creative, and learn!
Listen to interviews with artists and scientists who use perception in their work!
(more coming soon)
Share Your Projects!
Scroll through the images to see what other kids around Madison have made with these kits!
Do you want to share your own project to be shown here? Submit your photo here!
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Downloads for Activities about Optics
Downloads for Activities about Eye Anatomy
Downloads for Activities about Optical Illusions
Meet the Kohler Fellows Behind this Project
Mateusz is an art history graduate student whose interests include Byzantine and post-Byzantine art, theories of optics and perception, and cross-cultural interaction. Through his work, Matt engages in such topics as border theory, mythistory, collective memory and cultural trauma, the archeology of thought, and other topics related to cultural transition and survival. He thinks broadly about issues related to art, architecture, and material culture in order to understand how our past histories manifest themselves in our world today.
Aedan is a physics graduate student in an optics lab, but also has a strong background in art, working primarily in two dimensions. For the past four years he has made art that examines the gender and racial inequalities still prevalent in the sciences. He wants to combat the stereotype of the white, male scientist by increasing the visual representation of diverse scientists. His art advocates for underrepresented scientists by sharing the stories of their lives and research in an accessible format.
Kushin is studying psychology and is interested in understanding how visual concepts are learned and represented in the mind. Concurrently, how are these representations leveraged for visual tasks like sketching and how are they influenced by the tasks themselves? In the spirit of studying perception and action as tightly coupled processes he uses computational methods such as neural network and Bayesian modeling to better understand how people learn to ‘see and do’.