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.