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The Art Institute of Chicago's education section of their website "began as a year-long course offered to Chicago Public School science teachers interested in exploring the relationship between science and art within a museum setting." The website has six different lessons encompassing several different scientific disciplines, including "Art and Astronomy", "Perception, Light, and Color", and "The Chemistry and Physics of Light and Color". At the top of the page links to "Lesson Plans", "Student Projects", "Self-Guides", and "Books and Media" are also available. The "Self-Guides" are "guides for museum visits", and address concepts such as color and pigment in paintings, as well as particular artists' styles. "The effects of acid rain on stone sculpture" is one a fascinating lesson plan where students study the effects of acid rain on sculptures they make. The "Student Projects" tab has some great examples of charts that were made by classes to summarize what they had learned for the chosen lesson plan. As the site indicates, determining how to authenticate paintings was a popular lesson plan for chemistry classes.
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Date of Scout Publication 2009-09-25
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