Science and Art Teacher Guides

Discover how to integrate science and American art into your classroom

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s educational materials are free for your use. Teacher Guides are downloadable PDFs, listed with corresponding standards and grade levels for your convenience.

Art and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

How do museum conservators apply science to analyze the condition of an artwork?

This lesson will help students understand applications of electromagnetic radiation in art conservation.

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Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn, Judith Langley, n.d., oil on canvas

Primary Subject and Grade: 9-12 Science

Secondary Subject and Grade: 9-12 Visual Arts

Components: Lesson Plan, images, Student Activities

Standards: Science: 9-12.5 Science and Technology; 9-12.6 Personal and Social Perspective.

Visual Arts: K–12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines.

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