Information Specifically for Science and Art Instructors

Because our discoveries about the use of projected images by Renaissance artists, in which those artists made use of optical and imaging principles developed by the 11thC scholar Ibn al-Haytham, are so visually compelling, this subject matter is very useful for teaching aspects of art to scientists, and science to artists. Because of this, and because at the 2008 annual meeting of the National Art Education Association I presented ‘The Ziegfeld Lecture’, awarded for my role in developing the Hockney-Falco thesis, and for its significance for art education, I have started designing curriculum materials and giving workshops on this topic. The following 80-second clip is from a two-hour workshop I gave to high school students as an outreach activity of the College of Optical Sciences. We also have developed two and three-hour variations of the workshop content, along with a variety of handouts, that are appropriate for high school and college-level science instructors, and additional content variations specifically for art teachers. I am grateful to Aimee Weintz Allen (M.A. in Art Education) for her valuable contributions to this.

80-sec. clip from a 2-hour workshop on optics~art

Check back here periodically, since in the months to come I will be adding links to optics~art content and handouts that we are developing. These should be of use to instructors who desire curriculum materials on the topics addressed in this FAQ that can be directly implemented in their science and art classes. In the mean time, two lectures I gave recently contain material that may be of interest: Metropolitan Museum of Art (fifty-minutes in five segments 1 2 3 4 5) and Minneapolis Institute of Arts (hour-long video).

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