Students learn traditional art through science


Students observe as they are taught water-marbling techniques during the eighth period session.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) invited Class of 2005 graduate Matthew Brooks to their eighth period meeting on Nov. 9 for a special session on water marbling.

Brooks taught both MSA members and other students who attended the meeting about the chemistry behind this traditional art form and how it is created. Afterwards, students were able to create some of their own water marble art.

“I was very excited to teach the water marbling course at TJ. It was great to return as an alumnus and provide this experience to the students,” Brooks said. “When I walked into the classroom, it was overwhelming to see the turnout.”

The lesson was part of a program called NuqtaARTS, which Brooks and his wife founded. NuqtaARTS classes delve into the science and math ideas behind traditional art, like geometric designs and latch hooking.

“It was amazing to see everybody working together to create such wonderful works of art,” MSA co-president Nadia Rentia said. “Water marbling allows students to look at science in a new light.  You are able to see chemistry at work, bringing beautiful designs before your eyes by just mixing different solutions to get the paint that we used.”