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Chemistry in the Arts

Offered Spring and/or Summer; check with the Cortona office for updated offerings

Have you ever thought about what happens when you etch a metal plate in printmaking? Have you ever wondered how to make a fresco, or how the Sistine chapel was cleaned? Science in the Arts covers the basic science behind making, conserving and restoring works of art. Lecture content presents an introduction to materials, adhesives and coatings, and conservation. Laboratory exercises include the chemistry behind papermaking, preparing and analyzing pigments and paints, making frescoes, etching metals with acids, and developing the fixing photographic film.

PropART is designed to provide a basic understanding of the chemistry behind the generation and conservation of artwork.  Knowing more about these processes enhances our appreciation for the techniques and the artists that mastered them.  CHEM 1110/1110L studies art materials and techniques through the generation of artwork with attention paid to the chemistry underlying each technique. 

CHEM 1110/1110L - Elementary Chemistry: PropART -  A one-semester, non-mathematical study of chemical principles. (CORE in Cortona Area II: Sciences)

CHEM 1110 fulfills the Area II Core Requirement and the Franklin College Requirement for a science course with accompanying laboratory.

The course is taught by:
- Dr. Richard Morrison, Lothar Tresp Honors Professor
- Margaret Morrison, Assistant Professor, MFA Advisor of Drawing and Painting LDSOA