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ART 129 - The Chemistry of Art

This course is a study of art from a scientific perspective.  The molecular basis of art will be explored by using the atomic theory to explain how paints are made, the function of binders and varnishes, the absorption of light, the structure of ceramics, the process of photography, and the materials used for sculpture.  The atomic structure of the material will be used to explain its function for the artist.  The use of chemistry in art conservation, restoration, and the detection of forgery will also be investigated.  This course includes a hands on laboratory and is intended for non-science majors.

Credits: 4
CHM 129
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of the scientific method to explore natural phenomena, including observation, hypothesis, measurement and data collection, experimentation, evaluation of evidence, and employment of mathematical analysis.
  2. Demonstrate the application of scientific data, concepts, and models in chemistry.