Blog of Zoe at Galien Valley
Galien River valley, southwest Michigan, North America

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.

Points, Goals, Missions...:
to become increasingly more aware of goodness, oneself (one's unselfish self), nature, people, one's local community, and the world.
to be Nice in 5 Ways, to be Holistic, and to support Community CEEE (Culture-Education-Ecology-Economy).
to live, learn, work, do science, and do art in ways that serve goodness by helping to sustain, and enrich communities, people, and nature. 
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science and art united: bittersweet vine, basket-making
Above photo: Science and art united.
Students doing science: learning about the
invasive bittersweet vine, in Michigan.
A student doing art: making the
bittersweet vine in to a basket.
Further science and art: landcare:
removing invasive species and using what
we remove to make stuff for people:
we helped both people and nature.

Read whole page for definitions of science and art and how they relate to each other, and examples.

My science & art daily entries, in my Daily Blog, include:
hands-on, human-scale, naked-eye,
outdoor nature science
, awareness, observation, knowledge, and facts. In order to make my art, I need to know one or a few of many types of science, including native and exotic plants, native animals, native ecology and habitats, stewardship techniques, economy, conservation, natural resources, hard and soft woods, etc.
Outdoor nature art, primitive crafts, the community arts, landscape architecture, and nature classes: the skills of heart-head-and-hands in unison to apply science to make stuff to help to connect, sustain, and enrich communities, people, and nature. Culture, living, learning, and working to sustain and enrich people and nature within a community landscape.

Science is observation, awareness, knowledge, and education. Science is what you learn (take in) from your community and world. "Science is learning the patterns of nature and how nature works." ― Carl Sagan. Science is observation, exploration, research, curiosity, awareness, record, report, discovery, experiment, study, questions, knowledge, experience, wisdom, understanding, facts, theories, truths, and learning the patterns of nature and how nature works, how people can cooperate together to form sustainable communities, how human communities can live in harmony with habitats and ecologies, how cultures and educations and economies affect communities and people and nature, etc.
Art is expression, creativity, building, working, and applying science to make things. Art is working to make (give out) things for your community and world. Good art is art "in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together." ― John Ruskin. Art is expression, creativity, designing, building, working, doing, action, caretaking, stewarding, and applying science to make things ― good art includes art of pleasing form and function, or appropriate form and function. Art is a unique thing that a person or people handmakes. Art is not factory mass-produced identical items. For instance, every handmade basket is at least slightly unique from other baskets. Plus, art is not limited to touchable items (paintings, sculptures, baskets, houses, etc.): art can also be untouchable forms of expression, such as dance, music, culture, morals, storytelling, and facial expressions. Science and art overlap, in that both science and art include experiment, experience, discovery, wisdom, understanding, and education. Science and art should be done with the motive to love ― to help communities, people, nature, and the world.

(art) hands make something
(better art) hands and head make something
(even better art) hands-head-heart make something

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.   He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” ― Saint Francis of Assisi

"The greatest scientists are artists as well." ― Albert Einstein

See my Daily Blog, which includes science and art.
Also, see my Holistic Days, which include science and art.

Also see my Holistic Science and Art.


Science is knowledge and art is unique individual things that people make (handmake, not factory mass-produce). Science is knowledge and art is science applied to make something of pleasing form and function.  Science includes “learning the patterns of nature and how nature works” ― Carl Sagan.  The best and most useful kind of science is learning how to simultaneously help both people and nature.  The best and most useful type of science is "community science": "learning" how to establish, sustain, and enrich natural habitats and human communities that live in harmony with the habitats.  Community science includes knowing about the community landscape: its geography, geology, climate, weather, water, ecology, etc.  The best and most useful arts are applying that science to make things that simultaneously help both people and nature.  The best and most useful arts apply "community science" to make art ― the "community arts" ― take "action" and "create things" to help to sustain and enrich people, communities, and nature, including community cooperation and people’s sustainable interrelationships with nature within the community landscape.   The community arts include paintings, mugs, baskets, books, cuisine, etc., even restored habitats, and sustainable communities that connect people and nature together in harmony.  Part of sustaining and enriching people, communities, and nature is to sustain and enrich native wild habitats. The best sciences and arts are done for the purpose of love ― brotherly-love, community-love, and world-love. It is with caring, moral, and loving motives that people choose to do the best sciences and arts, the sciences and arts that best help communities, people, and nature. (Read more about science and art in my definitionz page. Read more about community arts education.)

There is a subtle difference between "community science" and "community art."  "Community science" is "learning" how to sustain and enrich communities, habitats, etc.  "Community art" is the "action" and "creating things" that help to sustain and enrich communities, habitats, etc.  The best sciences and best arts support each other.  (Lousy science has little or nothing to do with art; and, lousy art has little or nothing to do with science.)  Science should be done to do art.  Science includes learning how to do and make things.  Art includes doing and making things.  I promote learning sustainable science and following it up with doing sustainable art.

I do various things that include both science and art, including the following. I make primitive wilderness crafts. I design curriculum and nature classes. I create moral cultural activities: science lessons, art projects, games, and holiday festivities that relate to nature, instead of ignore nature. I live to be moral and to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature. I take care of nature to promote people's holistic health and well-being. Also, I do landscape architecture.

Landscape architecture is both science and art. "Landscape architecture is the development of a harmonious, sustainable, and enriching fit between human systems and natural systems. Furthermore, landscape architecture is art and science, both analysis and intervention." - Bob Riley, professor at the University of Illinois. In college, my landscape architecture studies included both science and art. Sciencewise, my classes included biology, botany, woody plant identification, ecology, geology, topography, water drainage, meteorology, etc.  Plants, animals, rocks, soils, water, slopes, weather, etc. are all part of the landscape.  Artwise, my assignments included freehand sketching, rendering, graphics, planting design, pavements, sculpting the land, etc.  A landscape architect is both a scientist and an artist. (Read more about landscape architecture.)

Landscape architects plan and design landscapes of a variety of scales. For examples, they plan and design 2-acre residential yards, 10-acre-parks, 5-mile-diameter communities, and 30-mile-diameter regions.

Professionally, I've worked in various facets of the landscape architecture field. I worked at a landscape architecture design firm, at which I designed urban sites, including residential yards, schoolyards, parks, playgrounds, streetscapes, college campus areas, etc. I worked at a city park district. I served on a village planning commission. Lately, I have a few part time jobs. I run my own business, the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program. I design, author, and illustrate nature curricula and books. I work at an ecological restoration firm, which a landscape architect owns and runs. Also, I do design and work at a permaculture firm. Some landscape architects have permaculture farms. Also, at the permaculture farm, I teach nature, science, art, and interdisciplinary classes. The most famous USA landscape architect of the early 20th-century, Jens Jensen, taught at the Clearing, Jensen's folk school of nature and art classes.

Sci-Art Article Entries and Archives: May 2018, June 2018, July 2018, and Holistic Days.

See my Daily Blog, which includes science and art.

See my Holistic Days, which include science and art.

See my Holistic Science and Art.

Read definitions of science, art, community, culture, economy, education, and many other words, at my definitionz page.

See how science and art relates to education and the economy in: The Changes Needed in Education and the Economy: 7 Goals and Success Indicators of culture, education, ecology, and economy.

See science and art in 40 ways to sustain communities, people, and nature.

See photos of science, ecology, nature, and
prairie flowers in Michigan.


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