May 28, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CHE* E106 - Chemistry and Art (3 credits)

Code(s): SCI
Prerequisite(s): MAT* E137  or MAT* E104  
Introduction of chemistry to non-science students as they develop an understanding of artists’ materials, the science underlying art, and chemical interaction of the environment with art objects. Every key chemistry concept is connected with real life art application. From studying atoms and molecules, students are introduced to causes of color in pigments and dyes to understanding intermolecular forces in paints. Chemical reactions and acids and bases concepts are connected to problems with deterioration of work of art and methods of conservation and restoration help students to develop appreciation for practical chemistry. The hands-on time employs these concepts to examine aspects of art media such as light, color dyes, paints, metals, stone, ceramics, glass, plastic, paper, and fiber.