This curriculum addresses the science of art production, conservation, and scholarship using the Getty's artworks and conservation practices.
The lessons and discussion ideas are related to objects from the Getty Museum's collection areas: antiquities, decorative arts, drawings, manuscripts, painting, photography, and sculpture.
Through short-format lessons, teachers can support student proficiency in science through the fascinating prism of art history and conservation:
See how the laws of physics keep a bronze sculpture upright.
Learn about the advances in chemistry that helped to expand and enrich painters' palettes.
Find out how artists used chemistry to capture light on paper and invent photography.
Explore the ways draftsmen and ceramic artists utilized scientific observation of the natural world as a subject for art.
Learn how conservators use scientific investigation to discover the origins of an un-attributed cabinet and to remove 2,000 years of oxidation and encrustation from an ancient sculpture.
Lessons are divided into beginning-, intermediate-, and advanced-level activities that act as scaffolds for step-by-step learning. Middle and high school teachers can use less advanced activities to review student understanding of basic principles required for the more complex activities. Grade-specific connections to national and California state content standards are listed in the standards charts. Science and art teachers can collaborate when implementing these lessons to share resources and expertise.