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Interactive version of A Material Education: The Art & Science of Stanton Sears

Edited by Beth Hillemann
Digital Book Design by Magdalena Panetta

This series of e-books, entitled Intersections, will serve to highlight the interdisciplinary approaches of our faculty and students. Each e-book will feature Macalester faculty members who embody the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts in their teaching and scholarship.

A Material Education: The Art and Science of Stanton Sears is the exciting inaugural book of the series. The studio of Stan Sears gives us the ideal start to our exploration of the critical connections between arts and sciences at Macalester. As a teacher and artist, Sears employs mathematics, geometry, physics, biology, architecture, and engineering, along with his artistic vision. In one of many examples highlighted in A Material Education, students see first-hand how a fundamental understanding of the anatomy of a dragonfly and the physics of structural engineering were necessary inputs to the design and creation of a dragonfly-inspired street gate. They learn the importance of the theoretical grounding they receive in their mathematics and physics courses to creating beautiful and functional art.



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Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library


St. Paul, Minnesota


liberal arts education, sculpture, visual arts


Art and Design | Art Education


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A Material Education: The Art & Science of Stanton Sears - Intersections Series by the DeWitt Wallace Library