Ancient Greek art

3000–30 BCE

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Benham top

In this experiment, students record what is seen when a Benham top spins at different speeds, comparing their perceptions with those of group members.

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Making a water magnifier

In this practical, students experiment with magnification by placing water drops on top of lettering.

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Verdigris copper

In this experiment, students deliberately corrode copper, to produce a pigment called verdigris. Students can then explain their observations using their knowledge of redox reactions.

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How to make a lake pigment paint

In this experiment, students learn how to make a lake pigment paint, and analyse how the properties of the materials have changed as a result of a chemical reaction.

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Magic writing with sodium nitrate solution

In this experiment, students write a hidden message using invisible ink and watch what happens when a glowing splint touches their message.

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Herschel infrared experiment

In this experiment, students measure the temperature thermometers reach as they are placed throughout (and beyond) the spectrum of visible light. 

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Invisible inks

In this experiment, students test a variety of substances to see if they can be used as an invisible ink.

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Spinning colour top

In this experiment, students observe, describe and explain what happens when a multicoloured disc spins at a high speed.

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Making a rainbow

In this experiment, students observe what happens to white light as it passes through water droplets.

Timeline

Discover the links between art and science through different historical eras.

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Cave art

The cave art era spans 10,000–3000 BCE. Discover the links between cave art and chemistry

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Ancient Egyptian art

The Egyptian art era spans 3000–300 BCE. Discover the links between Egyptian art and science

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Ancient Greek art

The Ancient Greek art era spans 3000–30 BCE. Discover the links between Ancient Greek art and chemistry

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Ancient Roman art

The Ancient Roman art era spans 753 BCE–476 CE. Discover the links between Ancient Roman art and chemistry