Authentic Arts Integration in Science: Ceramics + Chemistry

This webpage contains information and resources related to Secondary Visual Art and Science Instruction. The webinar begins with a brief review of arts integration based on the definition and lesson checklist found in Defining Arts Integration from The Kennedy Center Arts Edge as well as the 5E instructional model. This is followed by examples from a lesson conducted with high school sculpture students that details design experiments used to measure the shrinkage of clay through four stages (from wet to bone dry to bisque to Cone 5) and how the evaluation and analysis of the outcomes helps to determine flaws in design and/or mathematical practice. A second lesson idea is presented whereby the same students, armed with a better understanding of minimizing the variables in the experiment design, compare the shrinkage rate across four different clay bodies. Included in the webinar is a review of supporting documents that explain concepts such as: the loss of physical water as the clay dries out and the loss of chemical water as the clay undergoes bisque firing, and what grog is and how it is made. These concepts factor into both experiments, and upon completion lead to additional questions for the students to consider.


  • Barbara Davis, Associate Professor, FSUS
  • Jennifer Infinger, Fine Arts Education Specialist
  • PJ Duncan, Secondary Science Specialist

Desired outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of Arts Integration and 5E Instructional Model
  • Experience two lessons designed to help students:
    • Understand some of the properties of clay and how they affect their artwork
    • Develop hypotheses and how to test them
    • Analyze their experiment designs for errors in reasoning


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