In this project, students will use chemistry techniques to construct a piece of artwork.
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to
- Understand how chemistry is used in certain art techniques.
This lesson supports students’ understanding of
- Chemistry basics
- Dependent on student projects
- No specific safety precautions need to be noted.
- Inspired by the Active Chemistry “Chemist as Artist” unit, it is one of the most memorable, but also chemically fascinating units I do with students. They see real connections between the chemistry they are learning and how both chemists and artists manipulate materials for a purpose.
- Suggested timeline (with other activities happening on blank days)
|Due: Placard Draft||Start
|Continue Roundtable Prep||Last Day of Roundtable Prep||CHEM
For the Student
For the Student
- Construct a piece of artwork by effectively using three techniques studied in class.
- Prepare a typed Placard describing your artwork (and the chemistry behind it)
Techniques & Materials
- Wire & Tools for Sculpting
Making Steel Alloy
- for making steel
- Bunsen Burner
- Beaker of H2O
- Cu Metal & CuSO4
- Power Supply
- Alligator clips
- Different color Tempera Paint (egg-binder)
|Creativity, Expression, Effort||10%|
|Proficient Use of Techniques||30%|
|Human Connection / Function||
|Description of Your Artwork||15%|
|Explanation of Techniques||15%|
|Chemistry & Art Connection||20%|
You must COMPLETE your proposal and submit it for approval BEFORE you can start making your artwork.
Title of Your Artwork
ADD CHECKLIST TO THIS PROPOSAL SO ALL THREE TECHNIQUES ARE INCLUDED
What is the inspiration for your artwork? Where did you get your idea? Describe the human connection of your artwork? Elaborate on an idea(s) from below.
- Have a function
- Create a mood
- Represent the artist
- Represent culture
- Represent a time period
- Be pleasing to the eye
- Inspire emotion
- Have a purpose