Inventing new colours for art has taxed the finest scientists and using them has inspired the finest artists. Find out how some of the strangest ingredients bring colour to art.
In this experiment, students grow crystal gardens, commenting on the size, colour and rate of growth for different crystals.
In this experiment, students observe, describe and explain what happens when a multicoloured disc spins at a high speed.
In this classic science experiment, students report on the colours produced when flame tests are carried out on different metal salts.
In this experiment, students observe and report on the Tyndall effect. Also, students use their knowledge of the properties of mixtures and emulsions, and light to explain their observations.
This investigation looks at the topic of surface tension in a colourful way, where students create a tie dye effect with milk, water, washing up liquid and food colouring.
In this practical, students use methods which have been used for centuries to produce inks.
This practical is suitable for all pupils as part of a general introduction to coloured substances.
This practical is best done with groups of four pupils each pupil could chose a single mineral and make both tempera paint and an oil paint for testing.
Blueprints use the cyanotype process invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842. In this experiment you will carry out an experiment to produce blueprint paper and produce an image or diagram using the blueprint paper.
The emergence of new techniques and pigments within Greek art
Roman glass is found all over the Roman Empire, but how different is it?
What pigments were used for cave painting and where did they come from?
Did the Romans use the same materials as the Greeks in their painting? And where did the pigments come from?
Renaissance artists studied the sculptures and monuments of Greece and Rome and emulated them in their own work, ie they imitated the art. This perspective of art has echoed down the centuries to influence the appearance of Western art and architecture today.
In this experiment, students see if dyes bond differently depending on the material, and what effect this has.
Here we look at how the influences on Ancient Greek art, including the importance, and what is meant by, the Goldern Ratio.
The Egyptians sought a permanent blue pigment to depict their royalty and gods with the necessary reverence. Here we look at how the Egyptian achieved a blue pigment that didn’t degrade over time.
The Egyptians developed a world view in which events and conditions were attributed to the actions of multiple, related gods and goddesses. Here are some of those stories.
Ancient Egyptian artists are known for developing a wider range of materials for their art.This resource looks at the pigments and materials the Egyptians used to create their art.
To understand and appreciate Egyptian art one must look at the beginnings of art in Egypt and how it developed, for in that development lay the roots of many ideas and techniques. This resources explores this development.