23rd May 2002




A unique event next week combining art and science will give pupils from a Lincoln school an insight into the chemical processes which make up great paintings.


‘Old Masters, New Scientists’ is a collaboration between the Conservation Department at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, Lincoln City Council, the Usher Gallery and The Priory LSST.


The event next Tuesday (28th May), which is being staged as part of Museums and Galleries Month (1st May to 4th June 2002), will allow 30 year eight pupils from The Priory LSST to understand chemical processes, investigate paintings at the Usher Gallery, create paints and pigments and produce their own works of art.


“Together we will be exploring the link between art and science and getting messy at the same time,” explained John Greenwood, a senior lecturer in Conservation at the University of Lincoln.


“The pupils will be looking in a practical way at the chemistry of making pigments and will carry out simple chemical processes to produce malachite (green), Prussian blue and jeweller’s rouge (red).


“They will also get a guided tour round the Usher Gallery, where they will be able to explore and identify the use of pigments in works of art.


“And finally they will use their pigments and mix them with egg tempera and other binding oils in the manner of the painters in the past to produce small works of art.”


Taking part in the event will be Priory LSST art teacher Abigail Neild, who is studying for a masters degree in Conservation at the university.


The day will begin with an introduction for the pupils at Chad Varah House, Wordsworth Street, at 9.30am. Then groups of pupils will work in the science laboratory at Chad Varah House and at the Usher Gallery from 10am until 2.30pm.


Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend. To arrange a visit or for

 more details please contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk