||Jul 01, 2005 by Teacher Education
|| The Paper Project is dedicated to exploring one of the earliest technologies and
art forms, papermaking. Using a scanning-laser confocal microscope, new and
exciting images have been revealed. This site chronicles the process, the
findings, and many of the beautiful images of this exploration. In addition,
educational materials can be found under the Technology section of the web site.
The content blends the world of art and science.
|| The major purpose of the Paper Project is to chronicle handmade and paper images
produced by a scanning-laser confocal microscope.
The Arizona Department of Education aligned state academic and teaching
standards in Art, Technology, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science with
the Paper Project. The 2-D and 3-D images along with accompanying web content
present linkages between many disciplines such as: physics, chemistry, biology,
history, visual arts, and
|Target Student Population:
|| Teachers, K-post-secondary, can integrate the Paper Project into their various
contents; Art, Technology, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. Art and
students in college would find this site especially pertient to their interests.
|Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
|| While not required, some background in the science of microscopes and
terminology specific to art are helpful.
|Type of Material:
|| The site offers exhibits of final art images, exhibits, articles by individual
artists in the process of paper making, explanations of the scientific use of a
laser confocal microscope in creating the art images. Step by step teaching
lessons, K-12, are available; how to make 3-D glasses, traditional papermaking,
and the history of paper and the microscope.
|| The 2-D and 3-D images are powerful visuals for pre K through university
learners. The site is a a good example for pre-services teachers
on how to develop and teach an integrated curiculum. The vignettes help provide
answers about the science,
art, and technology behind the imagery. Curriculum
choice and design can occur in many
ways based on instructor planning. A second objective of the Paper Project is
its community outreach through a tactile, in-person touring art exhibit, a 3-D
immersive installation, and a 3-D dance performance.
|| Free software that can be downloaded and used to make your own paper, or analyze
some of the data images from the Paper Project is available at the site.