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September 2007

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Art & Science: A Curriculum for K–12 Teachers

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Explore the art in science and the science in art. See a preview of Art & Science: A Curriculum for K–12 Teachers. The first three lessons are now available online. Students will learn about the history of microscopes, the refraction of light through camera lenses, and how to classify species that are portrayed in artworks.

Look for the remaining lessons, a timeline, and a glossary to be added to this curriculum in the coming weeks. All lessons connect to national and California state content standards for visual arts and science.

View the first three lessons of Art & Science: A Curriculum for K-12 Teachers.

Microscope and Case / Caffieri
Is this 18th-century microscope a scientific tool, or a work of art?

Microscope and Case, attributed to Jacques Caffieri, about 1751

P R O F E S S I O N A L   D E V E L O P M E N T

Teachers' Open Workshop
When Impressionism Was a Dirty Word
October 27, 2007, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Getty Center

Professional Development Opportunities

Teachers work together in a Getty workshop
Collaborate, explore, and learn in Getty Museum workshops

In this free, one-day workshop for K–12 teachers, you'll explore Impressionist paintings made in the second half of the 19th century that illuminate a radical break from the European tradition of painting at that time. You'll learn methods for teaching with Impressionist works of art in your classroom through presentations in the Getty Museum's galleries and hands-on activities.

The workshop will include an overview of Impressionist works in the Getty Museum's collection and activities focused on the ideas and individuals that shook the art world at that time. Attendees will receive lesson plans and reproductions of artworks.

Call (310) 440-7300 to register. Space is limited, so sign up now!

C U R R I C U L A R  C O N N E C T I O N S

The Shapes of Buildings

Current Exhibitions

Invite students in grades 3–5 to identify the geometric and organic shapes they see in buildings and in photographs of buildings. A new exhibition at the Getty Center, Edward Weston: Enduring Vision, features the bold graphic compositions of photographer Edward Weston, who often turned his camera to the shapes and forms in architecture.

Activities and questions in the lesson "Buildings, Buildings Everywhere" will help your class identify the art elements of shape and form in photographs in the exhibition. Students can discuss the shapes and architectural details they observe in Weston's Plaster Works/Western Plaster Mill, Los Angeles, then discuss the shapes and forms they see on their own school building.

Plaster Works / Weston
Discover different shapes in Edward Weston's 1925 photograph Plaster Works/Western Plaster Mill, Los Angeles

© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents, Center for Creative Photography

View the lesson plan "Buildings, Buildings Everywhere."

Learn more about the exhibition Edward Weston: Enduring Vision, on view at the Getty Center through November 25, 2007.

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