Detroit Institute of Arts Virtual Field Trip


Learn the science of art conservation.  Go behind-the-scenes at the Detroit Institute of Arts with Detroit Public TV Virtual Field Trip and go where no one has ever gone before!

What lies behind the surface of a 400-year-old sculpture? Is what you see on a painting real, or did the artist mean to draw something totally different? And, what about Infrared Reflectography—what does that exactly do?

Detroit Public Television teamed up with the Detroit Institute of Arts for a Virtual Field Trip to take students and teachers behind the scenes into the restricted area at the DIA to help them explore new ideas and dig deep under the surface of art and science.

It’s chemistry, physics, biology, and geology sprinkled with “Ferocious curiosity.”

Go where no student or teacher has gone before and explore science at the DIA!


Lesson Plans & Activities

K-W-L Creator


This tool allows students to create an online K-W-L chart. Saving capability makes it easy for them to start the chart before reading and then return to it to reflect on what they learned.

Lesson Plans


Exploring Pigments in Flowers

Students will be able to determine if the pigments are the same in multiple different types of red flowers.

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Black Ink Chromatography

Students will be able to determine what pigments are present in black markers.

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Candy Chromatography

Students will be able to determine what pigments are present in Skittles and M&Ms.

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Entire unit aligned with state standards ready to use in the classroom. Loaded with activities, assignments and digital badges.

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