Making Paint – The Science of Art

Location – Museum & Art Gallery

Pupils investigate paintings in the galleries (including those of Joseph Wright), with special attention given to the materials from which they are made. They start to think about paintings as constructed objects, and consider the combinations of the different materials. They then focus upon the different types of paint, thinking more broadly about how and why paint is used in everyday life. Then it’s time to make paint, working scientifically to experiment with pigment, mediums and other ingredients.


Please note: A single ‘Making Paint’ session may be booked per day, with a maximum capacity of 30 pupils.

National curriculum Key stage 2: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths): Art & Design, Science, Design & Technology

“Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design…(and)… about great artists, architects and designers in history”.

“Pupils should be taught to: investigate and analyse a range of existing products….(and)…understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world”.                                                   

“Pupils should be taught to know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution…(and)…give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.”