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Who was Exekias? Black figure vase painting

By |2018-04-15T16:07:16+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Black-figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers One of the most famous Greek black-figure vase painters was called Exekias (ex-EEK-ee-us). Exekias was from Athens. We know his name because he used to write it on his vases, "Exekias painted this vase." Unfortunately, we don't know anything else about him; whether [...]

Greek Black Figure pottery – Art in Ancient Greece

By |2018-05-29T13:11:20+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Black figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers What does "black figure" mean? In Athens, in the Archaic period, potters kept right on making clay pots with mythological scenes on them. Gradually the scenes grew and took over more of the pot, and the geometric decoration took up less and [...]

Paint a Greek vase – Ancient Greece project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:17+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Greeks|

A red-figure vase painted by the Berlin Painter (Athens, about 480 BC) If you need an art project, or something you can do sitting down, here's a suggestion for a good quiet project. There are two main styles in Greek vase painting - black figure and red figure. Mostly before about 530 BC [...]

What is rust? Oxidation reactions and chemistry

By |2018-09-25T20:07:38+00:00June 3rd, 2017|History|

What is rust? A rusty fence railing Oxidation reactions Fire isn't the only kind of combustion reaction. Some kinds of metal, if you leave them in contact with oxygen, will also react with the oxygen, but much more slowly, and without making a flame. Combustion reactions Lots of chemistry articles Because this reaction [...]

What is iron? Atoms, elements, chemistry

By |2018-04-24T14:46:24+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Chemistry|

Diagram of an iron atom When a red giant star finishes changing all of its helium into carbon and oxygen, it then starts to turn the carbon and oxygen atoms into iron atoms. Iron is the heaviest kind of atom that a star can make, so when a star has made most of its carbon and oxygen [...]