Art and Chemistry

IB Visual Arts: Art and Chemistry

Most art processes rely on some kind of chemical substance. Oil paints are mineral pigments ground with special oils, diluted with turpentine (an essential volatile oil). Printmaking techniques, darkroom photography, even charcoal relies on the transformation of a substance ( wood, fire= charcoal)Most of the time we are completely unaware of the chemical make up and processes at work when we are making art.


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