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Red figure pottery in ancient Greece

By |2018-05-18T12:31:16+00:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Red figure vase from Athens, showing Herakles wrestling Antaeus Problems with black figure Around 530 BC, Athenian potters were more and more frustrated by the black-figure way of vase-painting. (More about black figure vases) They wanted to paint figures that overlapped, for instance, which was very difficult to do in black figure without the [...]

Who was the Berlin Painter? Greek pottery

By |2018-04-22T10:40:16+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

A vase by the Berlin Painter, from ancient Athens One of the most famous Greek red-figure vase painters is known today as the Berlin Painter. Like Exekias, he worked in Athens. The reason we call him the Berlin Painter is that we don't know his name, because he didn't sign his vases. People [...]

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 [...]