Scientific art or artistic science?

Xmas hols have started and we have a lot of time in hand. So I thought I’ll try some science through art – you know, the basic forms of matter and one form becoming another.

Taking a cue out of my art books, I froze water in bowls, ice tray and mugs to get different shapes. Once the ice was formed I took them out of the moulds. We pretended they were mountains and plateaus and little hillocks.

I then placed them on a plate and sprinkled salt over some of them. To give it an artistic tinge and to make him see how salt slowed the melting I got him to dip a dropper into water colours and drop them on the little mountains and plateaus. The effect was stunning – coloured ridges formed in the salt melted grooves. We went on to drop more colours and saw how the colours mixed and formed a different colour – yellow + blue became green, red and yellow became green.

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P kept rubbing salt on the ice to get more ridges and was squirting away the colours to get absolutely gorgeous efffect on ice.

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Our little science experiment was super fun. What was more fun was seeing the colours trickle down  the ridges and fissures formed by salt creating stunning combination of colours.

I don’t know if P learnt anything about science but he sure learnt colour mixing. By the end he was screaming red and blue gives purple, red and green makes brown!

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