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London: Art & Chemistry

Through the exploration of art practices and the basic principles of chemistry, students will evaluate current and past practices in art and explore how art and science interface. Many topics are presented, from sculpture and dyes, to photography, textiles, stained glass and paper making. Students will appreciate how science plays a role in creating art and how art may inspire scientific discovery…all in the shadow of Buckingham Palace!

Course Description

Field trips to museums, galleries, sculpture gardens, public parks, churches, and other venues to view art in London are integral to the course. Lectures explaining chemical concepts and the properties of materials, as well as hands-on art projects have also been integrated.

The course also focuses on experiencing the cultural aspects of British life and history. There will be plenty of free time during the evenings and on weekends to explore the city and surrounding areas, experience the wonderful cuisine, and to complete an art project focusing on London. Some highlights of the trip include touring the Olympic Park and the Anish Kapoor sculpture, making hand-made paper at the historical Frogmore Paper Mill, exploring the art and culture of many markets in London, visiting Cass Sculpture Park in the south of England, touring Chichester (a small cathedral city with a Roman Wall), experiencing High Tea and London theatre, taking an overnight excursion to Bath (a new addition for 2017) and learning about the contributions of Henry Fox Talbot, the father of photography, at Lacock Village.

Program Information

Course: AFA 203/CHE 103  – Exploring London through the World of Art and Chemistry (AFA 203: 1 unit)

Liberal Learning: AFA 203: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; Natural Science (non-laboratory); Global

CHE 103: Natural Science (non-laboratory); Global

Dates: May 20- June 11, 2017

Program Directors: Dr. Lynn Bradley, Professor of Chemistry and Elizabeth Mackie, Associate Professor of Art

Eligibility: No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Summer 2017 Program Fee: $5,071.08 View budget sheet


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Lynn Bradley at and Professor Elizabeth Mackie at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.