In the modern era, art and technology have been at opposite ends of the spectrum of human study. Artists tend to be
non-technical and technologists tend not to be artistic. While this is a broad generalization, it is rare to find an artist
teaching science or an engineer teaching art. However, if we think back several centuries, it was very common for
great artists to be at the forefront of technology. The prime example being the great Leonardo Di Vinci. Over the past
several years, the optics educational outreach programs of the Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) have
incorporated using art and artists to help teach optics and related science. The original use of this was with material
from the General Atomics Education Foundation, Color My World, which has been used in a number of settings.
Recently, the OISC has partnered with the UC Irvine Beall Center for Art + Technology to provide Family Day Event
presentations that use the themes of current Art + Technology exhibits to help attendees learn and understand more
about the fundamental science through the art. The two main concepts here are that artists are using science and
technology as the basis for their art, also sometimes making some social statements; and the technologists are using the
art to make the science more accessible and interesting to the general pubic. This paper weaves a path from the original
OISC uses of art to the recent work at UC Irvine.