Ruth Thomas, artist and children's writer (nee Ruth G. McFadyen)

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  1. Children's  fun art and educational art.  The educational art presently has  4  main focal points: arithmetic and maths, language, introductory and advanced chemistry, mnemonics for physics.


         a)  Arithmetic and Maths

           - introducing numbers to young children

           - introduction of simple number functions, such as addition and subtraction

           - introduction of more complex mathematical concepts and functions, relating for example to the sum of squares and prime number equations



          b)  Language

           - introducing letters to young children

           - easy English /Spanish word translation

           - easy English/Japanese alphabet


            c)  Introductory Chemistry for young people (e.g. for  GCSE), with,  for example, art  relating to the structure of the atom,  ionic and covalent    bonding, oxidation and reduction reactions. Some of the chemistry illustrations will be taken from a recently completed chemistry book covering topics relating to  introductory chemistry and the use of mnemonics. 

                 More advanced chemistry concepts will also be expressed in art.  These relate  for example, to further bonding types (polar and metallic), more recent evidence about the placing of the electrons with respect to the nucleus ( taking into account wave forms).


            d)  Mnemonics for teaching Physics


General Points

 With respect to both physics and chemistry mnemonics, some mnemonics are much better than others in improving memory for the material to be learnt. Where the artistic content of the mnemonic  interferes with or overpowers the content of the material to be learnt ,  it may be less effective than an artistic mnemonic that is consistent with the concept to be learnt.

 A general point about any type of mnemonic is do not use it if it confuses you. OILRIG is a mnemonic used by some chemistry students to recall that oxidation is loss, and reduction is gain of electrons.  But if you are not able to remember what the mnemonic is for and spend time in the exam thinking, "Why did I learn OILRIG - surely something will jog my memory as to why  I learnt OILRIG?",  then this would defeat the purpose.  For the student who may find using mnemonics such as "OILRIG" not straightforward,  the one piece of advice would be just forget it - find some other method for learning the material. But for those who might still benefit from the use of mnemonics, then there may be WAYS THROUGH ART of making the connections more memorable.  


    2.    General art ,  although with a focus upon beautiful European buildings (e.g.  Murcia  Cathedral, Spain)  and Scottish castles.


This website is under construction during 2011 -13. At the moment, only scenic, floral and childrens' art has been entered. Art relating to science, mathematics  and mnemonics will be entered during 2012-3.     The art will also be properly categorised  during 2012.-13

Last updated 14th April, 2011.




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