General learning objectives
• Students find out what UV light is;
• Students learn about Vincent van Gogh;
• Students discover what the effects of UV light on paintings can be;
• Students come to understand why the effects of UV can differ according to colour and type of paint;
• Students investigate how to protect a painting from UV light;
• Students find out what UV does to their own work.
A curious, inquisitive attitude is required for the conservation and management of art and also for science and technology in general. This lesson is part of the Masterminds & Masterpieces series and makes use of the cross-curricular added value of inquiry-based learning (experimenting, trying out, looking, comparing, etc.). Masterminds & Masterpieces is a collaboration between the Van Gogh Museum and ASML.
Connection to the curriculum
- This lesson is connected to the subjects Physics and Science.
Materials required for the experiment
• 2 sheets of heavy-duty drawing paper
• a sheet of thick paper or card (size: 1/2 of your drawing paper)
• drawing pencil and felt-tip pens in at least 5 colours
• paper clips
• sunscreen spray
• optional: writing paper or tablet
- This lesson can be taught in conjunction with the lesson UV – Van Gogh’s friend?
- The first part can be shortened by not asking the students to do a picture but instead to use a ruler and felt-tip pens to draw a number of lines in different colours on the paper.
- The various parts of the lesson can be used as separate assignments, spread out over a number of moments during the day or week.