Lesson Overview

Oxidation of Art

2nd Edition Lesson

Oxidation of Art


Students will explore the oxidation of the Statue of Liberty and discuss the resulting effects its color and texture. They will learn about the process of oxidation and discuss how sculptor Bartholdi created and used oxidation in his paintings. Students will then experiment with using various liquids on copper based paints to create abstract artworks and analyze the variables used in their artistic process.


1-2 Class Sessions

Content Standard

NGSS HS-PS1-7 Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefor mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.

Arts Standard

MA:Cr1.1.III Integrate aesthetic principles with a variety of generative methods to fluently form original ideas. solutions, and innovations in media arts creation processes.

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