Science and Technology Teacher Resources
Discover how to integrate American art into your classroom
Teacher Guides are free, downloadable PDFs.
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.
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.
Preserving Nam June Paik's Electronic Superhighway
SAAM media conservator Dan Finn explains all that goes into conserving Electronic Superhighway, a masterpiece by Nam June Paik that is constructed of 336 televisions, 50 DVD players, 3,750 feet of cable, and 575 feet of multicolored neon tubing.
Auroras Are Weird
Buffalo ≠ Bison
3D Scanning the Greek Slave
Get STEAMed: Art Conservation Teacher Workshop
Art conservation is a blend of science, art, math, and history. Using basic household objects, dig into this field, put your thinking to the test, and uncover student engagement strategies that support real-world learning.
Maya Lin on Folding the Chesapeake
"I think there's something so magical about waterways," says artist Maya Lin, whose Folding the Chesapeake is a cartographically accurate map of the Chesapeake Bay watershed made from glass marbles. The individual marbles evoke the thousands of separate yet interdependent species of flora and fauna comprising the bay’s delicate ecosystem.
Janet Echelman on 1.8 Renwick
Artist Janet Echelman explains how 1.8 Renwick represents cause and effect and the cycles of time. Her massive fiber and textile installation echoes the map of energy released by the 2011 tsunami near Japan. The title references the number of microseconds by which the day was shortened as a result of the catastrophic event.
Laurel Roth Hope on Peacocks and Pigeons
James Prosek on Field Guides and Silhouettes
Michael Sherrill on Ceramic Flora, Fauna, and Teapots
Art and the Environment
Take a deep dive into two 19th-century landscape paintings, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran and Niagara by George Inness, and consider humankind’s relationship to our natural surroundings on the education resource The American Experience in the Classroom.
Dust and Drought
Ecosystems and Food Webs
This distance learning lesson plan introduces students to ecosystems and food webs by applying their existing knowledge of systems and communities to new understandings of interdependence and interconnectedness.
Patterns in Living Things
STEAM: Art Conservation + Careful Decision-Making
Through a hands-on activity inspired by an ongoing design conundrum, students (4th-12th grade) will consider the value of ethical and informed decision-making in science and life. Appropriate for learning at home or in class.
STEAM: Art Conservation + Chemistry
Through a teacher-led demonstration and hands-on activity, students (8th-12th grade) will better understand the chemistry of basic batteries and scientific inquiry. Appropriate for in-class learning.
STEAM: Art Conservation + Design Thinking
Through a hands-on activity inspired by a real treatment, students (4th-12th grade) will utilize design thinking strategies and better understand the role of an art conservator. Appropriate for learning at home or in class.