We feel strongly that art conservation-related education at the grade- and high-school levels can be both an effective means of teaching science concepts and a way of increasing public awareness of the importance of preserving cultural heritage in large and small ways. The materials science concepts that can be illustrated by conservation examples range from simple acid-base reactions or the refractive properties of glass to complex corrosion or pigment degradation processes. In our experience students of all ages are fascinated by the real-world application of science concepts and by their newfound ability to view the works in the galleries in a different light.
We have taught basic introduction to conservation courses to high schoolers through the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Education department since 2004, and have conducted in-classroom visits and lectures in schools in New York and in Chicago. These lectures and workshops introduce students to art conservation and applied chemistry through topics such as "Biodeterioration of Outdoor Stone Sculpture" and "Metals: Materials, Manufacture and Conservation."Our educational programming continues to grow and we look forward to the opportunity to teach in your school or group!
Please contact us with any questions or ideas about our educational programming.
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