“Perspectives: a Nature Atelier” is part of a wider project “NARTURAL: Nature and Art”. NARTURAL aimed at promoting the understanding of science through aesthetic and ludic activities, while stimulating the exploitation of a range of techniques and artistic construction materials, inspired by the natural world and supported by scientific knowledge. The project included several themes in physics, mathematics and biology. Under the biology domain, the activities were grouped in three main themes, made available in a website and in CD-ROM format:
1. Natural Forms: an illustrated reflexion on the influence of biology upon ceramic creations and an appraisal on the biodiversity associated with cooking;
2. Shapes, Colours and Functions: a photographic gallery with images of the natural world encouraging a personal discovery associated with amazing shapes, their colours and functions;
3. Utopia: atelier areas that allow the user to create their own “Art work” using resource libraries; in Utopia, the user can create and save postcards using a range of background landscapes populated with images from resource libraries including fishes, butterflies, flowers, fruits, seashells, and many others; a puzzle section based on natural motives is also available in Utopia.
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Perspectives
A nature atelier

Ana Rodrigues   Departamento de Biologia e CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro

Victor Quintino   Departamento de Biologia e CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro

“Perspectives: a Nature Atelier” is part of a wider project “NARTURAL: Nature and Art”. NARTURAL aimed at promoting the understanding of science through aesthetic and ludic activities, while stimulating the exploitation of a range of techniques and artistic construction materials, inspired by the natural world and supported by scientific knowledge. The project included several themes in physics, mathematics and biology. Under the biology domain, the activities were grouped in three main themes, made available in a website and in CD-ROM format:
1. Natural Forms: an illustrated reflexion on the influence of biology upon ceramic creations and an appraisal on the biodiversity associated with cooking;
2. Shapes, Colours and Functions: a photographic gallery with images of the natural world encouraging a personal discovery associated with amazing shapes, their colours and functions;
3. Utopia: atelier areas that allow the user to create their own “Art work” using resource libraries; in Utopia, the user can create and save postcards using a range of background landscapes populated with images from resource libraries including fishes, butterflies, flowers, fruits, seashells, and many others; a puzzle section based on natural motives is also available in Utopia.

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