Art & Chemistry
Unleash your inner artist—and learn some chemistry too. Visit the links below to learn more about connections between art and chemistry and to find hands-on art projects to try.
- Celebrating Chemistry & Art!
Can trout be chemically artistic? One of the activities in this booklet shows it is! Try it and other fun projects.
- Art in Chemistry; Chemistry in Art
This Google Book preview of Greenberg and Patterson’s book gives you a wide sampling of ways to link chemistry and art. Take a peek inside.
- Artist as Chemist
Why learn chemistry? In this class, it’s so you can create original artwork.
- Chemistry and Art
Discover chemistry through art. Choose a topic from one of three themes, then try a matching experiment that shows you more.
- Exploring Materials—Stained-Glass Windows
Art goes nano with these examples of stained glass. Kids can make their own versions with colorful tissue paper.
- Colorful Lather Printing
Shaving cream, food coloring, and paper combine to produce a unique piece of marbled art.
- Egg Tempera
Eggs. They’re not just for breakfast anymore. Make your own paint, with egg yolk as one of the ingredients.
- Making Wax Crayons
Head back to your childhood days with this experiment as you make these familiar coloring tools. Which formulation works best?
- Elements, Compounds, and Pigments
Artists of old rejoiced at the discovery of cobalt, cadmium, and chromium. Find out why.
- Stained Glass Sugar
Make your own colored glass creation. Admire its beauty and then… eat it!
- State of the Art Chemistry
Pre-planned and ready to go! This combo show brings together demos and hands-on art/chemistry activities.
- Chemistry and Art: Analyze a Painting
What science does this painting from the 1700s show?
- Chemistry & Art
Chemistry isn’t just part of creating art, it can also be used to preserve it. Learn about the work of conservation scientists.
- Chemistry Inspiring Art
Science becomes more than a tool for artists—it’s a subject matter. Check out a molecular woodcut and abstract still life.
- Artistic Chemistry: A Beautiful Collaboration
Raku pottery brings treasure from a trash can. Redox reactions bring the beauty.
- Authentic or Not? Chemistry Solves the Mystery
Art forgers have some serious skills. Scientific techniques try to keep up with detecting forgeries.
- Chemistry in the Arts
Meld chemistry and art into a career. What are some options?
- Pigments through the Ages
It’s like a walk through an art museum and a science museum all rolled into one, from the comfort of your own chair.
- Preserving Paintings Teaches Art, Chemistry, and More
These school campuses had a hidden treasure. Chemistry helped to reveal it.
- Artwork Created by Chemistry on Copper
Think it’s paint? Think again. The chemistry of copper is behind this artist’s work.
- The Colourful Science
Serendipitous science provided beautiful pigments for artists. Find out about these happy accidents.
- Photography as a Tool for Communicating Science
Are these photographers artists? Scientists? Communicators? Or… all of the above?
- Artistry, Chemistry, Secrecy
Masters of art needed masters of chemistry to help them achieve their vision. This article uncovers secrets of Tiffany glass.
- Modern Chemistry Techniques Save Ancient Art
Cleaning these paintings needs more than a dust cloth. Lasers and bacteria become art conservation tools.
- Periodic Table Project
See creations from students around the globe as they interpret the periodic table as art.
(all sites accessed January 2017)