P923: Arts inclusion in general chemistry
Arts integration as an approach to teaching and learning uses fine, or performing arts to improve learning. At all levels, from K-12 through higher education, engaging students in experiential learning, promoting creativity, and increasing interest and enthusiasm are common goals that arts integration has potential to support. Undergraduate general chemistry courses are long overdue for addressing such aims, and the inclusion of art may be fruitful. The focus of this presentation is on an in-lab painting experience that is paired with a multi-week investigation of inorganic paint pigments and culminates with an interactive community display of art and science. Student perspectives of this experience will be examined, along with the logistical framework that allows one thousand general chemistry students to become “artists” in the lab.