Art and chemistry: The whole picture


A. Gaquere-Parker

Author Affiliation: 

University of West Georgia





In 2006, the author participated in the NSF Workshop: Chemistry in Art for the expressed purposed of implementing art related examples in chemistry courses. The following year, utilizing resource material from the workshop and acquired through literature search the author proposed, created and implemented at the University of West Georgia an introductory chemistry of art course for non science majors. This positive experience led to the development in 2008 of an upper level course, advanced analytical chemistry, that is cross-listed with a special topics course in the art department. The technical analysis of works of art is thoroughly described in this course. Students come from various backgrounds and are mostly chemistry and art majors. The implications of such an eclectic group of students, useful resources and classroom strategies are reported in this paper. Besides the creation of these classes, the author will discuss how the material from the workshop has led to an undergraduate research project, provided the impetus for a CCLI proposal being submitted to NSF and has led her to become the director of an art study abroad program.