Art & Chemistry Workshops

The Chemistry of Art Workshop Series

Example of silk scarf dyeing from a Spring 2015 CHM 101 class

with Dr. Mary Robert Garrett
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Berea College

Learn and practice one of these fascinating applications of chemistry in art—silk scarf dyeing, brass medallion etching, and Prussian blue pigment synthesis!

Silk Scarf Dyeing

Learn how dyes interact with silk and make a colorful scarf.

Brass Medallion Etching

Brass Medallian

Example of a brass medallion from a Spring 2015 CHM 101 class

Use electrochemistry to modify the surface of a brass medallion piece to make a unique necklace or key chain.

Prussian Blue Pigment Synthesis

After completing this activity, not only will you be able to say, “I created this painting,” but you can add, “and I made the pigment used in the paint!”

Silhouette painting of a bird in front of the moon

Example of a Prussian Blue Pigment Synthesis from a Summer 2017 Berea Bridge class

Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Yahng Discovery Center of the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building. There will only be room for 20 participants in each workshop, so please email ( for more information and instructions on how to sign-up for a slot today! (Note: Priority will be given to first-year students, but all students are encouraged to sign-up.) Workshop topics and dates are listed below.

Fall 2018 term

  • September 15, 2018
    Silk Dyeing
  • October 13, 2018
    Brass Etching
  • November 17, 2018
    Prussian Blue Synthesis (until 4 p.m.)

Spring 2019 Term

  • January 26, 2019
    Silk Dyeing
  • February 23, 2019
    Brass Etching
  • March 16, 2019
    Prussian Blue Synthesis (until 4 p.m.)