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Students discover the world of priceless artwork and artists such as Van Gogh, Vermeer and Picasso, as they undertake qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses, to determine the authenticity of the artwork from different eras through the use of paint pigment analysis.

Onsite at Quantum

Students take on the role of a forensic investigator and apply chemistry knowledge techniques to identify the authenticity of famous artwork. They engage in experiments including; colorimetry and volumetric analysis to determine the authenticity of selected artworks. Students conduct experiments and analyse the results, as they apply their observations to the scenario using deductive reasoning. They are guided through scaffolded chemistry principles, including stoichiometry, to assist them in justifying their conclusion on the authenticity of the paintings being investigated.

Asynchronous Outreach Module

Students gain an understanding of the applications of analytical chemistry through a scenario-based investigation that focuses on the authenticity of artwork being investigated. The module consists of a student workbook accompanied by a teacher resource book with solutions to problems.

This outreach module is designed to be delivered by the classroom teacher at school, it does not require an onsite visit.

To access this outreach, teachers will need to register their class via the following link and will receive the accompanying resources:

For onsite availability please check our calendar

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On-site Duration
1 day
  • Arrival: 9:45am
  • Finish: 2:15pm