International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Discovering Physics in an Art Museum
Voltaire Mistades

Beginning Academic Year 2006-2007, De La Salle University (DLSU) implemented the Lasallian General Education Curriculum -- “a set of foundational, formative, and integrative courses intended to inculcate in students a critical appreciation of the diverse fields of human knowledge, their principles and science, and their arts and methods of inquiry” (from the Preamble of the General Education Curriculum). In this pedagogical framework, students are exposed to various modes of learning, with the view of deepening their appreciation and understanding of the subject matter. During Academic Year 2009-2010, the “Istruktura, Iskultura” (Structures, Sculptures) art exhibit at the DLSU Museum provided students taking up their General Education Science Course in Materials Science (Physics Track) [SCIMATP] with an opportunity to relate their learning in Physics with real-life works of art. The paper presents excerpts from the essays written by the students in the SCIMATP course. They were asked to write about their experience during the Museum visit, specifically on “what elements of the mechanical properties of materials did they see in the art pieces on display”. Building on the positive response of the students in the SCIMATP course, the paper presents how art can be integrated in science courses in the Lasallian General Education Curriculum.

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