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Science & Art Saturdays

What’s it like to take a college class? Find out on Science + Art Saturdays this fall.

These labs, workshops and interactive tours are taught by Randolph College professors and professional experts from the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College.

  • All sessions are free and are open to all high school students. 
  • Each session starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about 2 hours.
  • Space is limited.
  • Registration for each session closes at noon the day before the session.
  • Please note that each student needs to have their own email address in order to register. For example, if two siblings want to attend, then we need two different emails.
  • Please call Joy McGrath at 434.485.8032 if you have any questions about the registration process.
  • Masks required. Students attending Science & Art Saturday events must abide by the current Randolph College COVID-19 policies for events. Currently, face masks are required of all visitors on campus.

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Up Close with Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts

October 2, 2021
Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College
Limit 12

American artist Faith Ringgold is renowned for her “story quilts” that combine narrative paintings with quilted borders and handwritten text. Thangkas, Tibetan Buddhist paintings on cotton and silk brocade, and the African American tradition of quilt making inspired Ringgold to create this unique art form. We will explore how Ringgold challenged the art world by combining traditional craft with fine art techniques to tell powerful visual stories. Then, you will make your own miniature mixed media story quilt inspired by Faith Ringgold.


It’s not easy being green

October 16, 2021
Ann Fabirkiewicz, Professor of Chemistry
Limit 15

Have you ever wondered how artists make paint? Or where pigments come from, especially in the days before artist supply stores? In this session, we’ll synthesize the green pigment malachite and talk about its use in oil, acrylic, and tempura paint. We’ll mix our pigment to make each type of paint and compare their uses in painting.


DNA Extraction and Electrophoresis

October 23, 2021
Amanda Rumore, Professor of Biology
Limit 12

Popular TV shows such as Law & Order SVU and NCIS routinely show how DNA evidence is used to solve crimes but have you ever wondered how this forensic work is actually performed in the lab? Did you know that scientists have even developed specific methods which allows them to extract and analyze DNA from even a single cell? In this session you will have the chance to extract DNA from your own cells and learn how to use a web-based program to analyze DNA sequences. 


The Psychology and Physiology of Sport

October 30, 2021
Meghan Halbrook, Professor of Sports & Exercise Studies
Carolyn Sarson, Professor of Sport & Exercise Studies
Limit 20

Learn about the physical and mental aspects needed in order to be successful in a sport performance environment. A number of hands-on, challenging activities will be presented for practical learning opportunities.


Dynamic Relief Prints of Aminah Robinson

November 6, 2021
Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College
Limit 12

Contour line drawings of oversized hands are a central motif in American artist Aminah Robinson’s work. Her large-scale woodcuts include simple, seemingly uneventful moments dramatized through scale, composition and visual contrast. After discussing Robinson’s work on view at the Maier, we will explore contour line drawing and relief printing processes with local artist Jill Jensen. Then, you will create a graphically dynamic relief print.


Eyes on the Sky: Meteorology & Physics of Atmospheric Phenomena

November 13, 2021
Karin Warren, Professor of Environmental Science
Limit 25

Sky watchers know the view above our heads is filled with extraordinary things—rainbows and double rainbows, ice crystal haloes, aurorae, and clouds of astounding variety. We’ll explore some meteorology and physics behind a variety of atmospheric phenomena, and learn when, where, and how to keep our eyes on the skies to spot them. 


Blinkie and More

November 20, 2021
Peter Sheldon, Professor of Physics & Engineering
Limit 25

The Arduino is a low-priced microprocessor (computer) that anyone can program with no experience. We will learn some beginning program and control of the Arduino, starting with controlling a blinking LED, with the goal of programming it to play some music. 


RagGonNons: Mixed Media Paintings by Aminah Robinson

December 4, 2021
Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College
Limit 12

American artist Aminah Robinson incorporated scraps of cloth, found objects, shells, and other non-conventional materials like neckties into her artwork. She coined the term “RagGonNons” to describe her mixed media paintings because she felt art making was a never-ending activity.  She continually added to old works, and believed that each person who views the work has something unique to add. We will discuss how Robinson honored her community through art. Then, you will make a RagGonNon using unconventional materials. 



December 11, 2021
eSports Coach
Limit 18

In this session we take a dive into the theories and tactics used behind the scenes to improve the gameplay and results of some of the world’s most prominent esports and pro-gaming teams. Join Randolph College Esports in looking at various emerging technologies and classic gaming fundamentals, so that we can play better and level-up together.


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