P782: Chemistry and art: Development of a college-level course for non-science majors

Author: Elizabeth Wise, Lourdes University, USA

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Date: 8/6/14

Time: 10:35 AM10:55 AM

Room: MAN 102

Related Symposium: S62

Using expertise gained and resources attained at a National Science Foundation workshop, I acquired confidence to create a new undergraduate course for non-science majors, The Chemistry of Art. This introductory chemistry course explores the intersection of chemistry with the visual arts. Basic principles of chemistry are applied to the topics of color, paint, clay, glass, metals, and art conservation. Lab/studio activities are incorporated into the three-hour lecture, and numerous demonstrations that help to illustrate chemical concepts are used.