Chemistry in Art

Chemistry in Art Workshop

Since 1995, Dr. Patricia Hill has developed and facilitated nine workshops for college and university faculty on the topic of chemistry and art. The first two workshops were part of the National Science Foundation’s Chautauqua Short Course Program. The next four workshops were funded by a National Science Foundation grant (DUE #9752769). Currently Dr. Hill offers the workshop each June funded under a nationwide NSF professional development grant administered by Georgia State University.

Goals of the Workshop

  • Expose participants to the many ways to integrate chemistry and art across the curriculum
  • Provide resources to help participants design and develop useful curricular materials
  • Provide knowledge and hands-on experience
  • Provide long-term support and consultation
  • Have fun!

Over 150 chemistry, science and art faculty from universities, colleges, community colleges, prep schools and several high schools have participated in these workshops. Participants have implemented workshop materials and activities at their home institutions in a number of interesting ways including:

  • Enhancing existing chemistry courses for science majors
  • Modifying existing courses for non-science majors
  • art
  • Creating new courses for non-science majors
  • Creating topics courses for chemistry majors
  • Bringing science into an art course
  • Developing science courses for conservators
  • Instituting student research projects for science and non-science majors alike
  • Creating science and humanities seminar courses
  • Enhancing high school science and art courses

Topics Covered

Some of the topics covered in the intensive weeklong workshop include:art

  • Light & color
  • Pigments & dyes
  • Chemistry of frescoes Detecting fakes & forgeries
  • Paints & paintings
  • Optical devices & art
  • Teaching basic chemistry
  • Ceramic, glass & geochemistry
  • Metals and metalworking

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