Astrophotography & Art at AMSE Part 1

The American Museum of Science and Energy has received funding to provide astrophotography and art workshops to high school teachers and students.

The NASA Universe of Learning program will provide two live, online training sessions, teaching participants how to use remotely controlled ground telescopes to photograph celestial objects and then colorize them to show special features. A Bob Ross Certified Instructor® will then teach a wet-on-wet oil painting technique to artistically render selected space images to canvas. Photographs and paintings will be presented in a museum exhibition later in 2019.


  • Live MicroObservatory workshop conducted online by NASA’s Universe of Learning staff on Friday, May 10 from 4:45-6:30 PM. The MicroObservatory is operated by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
  • Live workshop to colorize images conducted online by NASA’s Universe of Learning staff on Thursday, May 23 from 4:45-6:30 PM.
  • “Space Art” wet-on-wet oil painting workshop conducted by a Bob Ross Certified Instructor®. Date to be determined based on participant availability.

High school students and teachers who enjoy both science and art are encouraged to participate in this free program. AMSE will provide documentation that may be used for professional development or academic purposes. Contact to apply.

NASA’s Universe of Learning is supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with Caltech/IPACJet Propulsion LaboratorySmithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, CFHT, CXO, M.J. Jee (University of California, Davis), and A. Mahdavi (San Francisco State University)


May 10 2019


4:45 pm - 6:30 pm