Fine Arts

Fine Arts (X) - Elementary (X)

DIY Melted Crayon Art | Full-Time Kid

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Recycle old crayons into beautiful art! Use a hair dryer to melt the crayons or leave outside to melt under the sun.

Mark Catesby Explores New Worlds

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[00:29:37] Shorter edited version provided by the Catesby Commemorative Trust. In 1712, English naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) crossed the Atlantic to Virginia. After a seven-year stay, he returned to England with paintings of plants and animals he had studied. They sufficiently impressed other naturalists that in 1722 several Fellows of the Royal Society sponsored his return to North America. There Catesby cataloged the flora and fauna of the Carolinas and the Bahamas by gathering seeds and specimens, compiling notes, and making watercolor sketches.

Pitch: Straw Kazoo

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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members make a simple musical instrument from a straw. Through their exploration, they discover that pitch--how high or low a sound seems--can be altered by simply shortening the straw. This demonstrates the direct relationship between pitch and the amount of vibrating air contained in a musical instrument.

Hana's Japanese Drums

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Drums have played an important role in many cultures for thousands of years. In this video segment from ZOOM, a young girl named Hana talks about her interest in the art of Japanese Taiko drumming and describes the drums and techniques involved in this traditional art form.

Music: One Minute Music Lesson

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People create musical performances all over the world. Students will watch a one-minute animation about the history of music.

DIY Piñata | Full-Time Kid

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Make a paper mache piñata and stuff it with your favorite candy or toys. Enjoy destroying it with friends or family!

DIY Ninja Costume | Full-Time Kid

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Hi-ya! Transform into a ninja with a little help from Mya and a tee-shirt!

Kites | STEM in 30

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Did you know that the first aeronautical object in the National Air and Space Museum collection is a kite acquired in 1876? Kites aren’t only fun objects to fly at the beach or on the National Mall, they have a long and important history. The Wright brothers tested their wing warping theory with a kite and kites have also been used during wartime. In this episode of STEM in 30 we’ll look at not only how kites fly but their importance to aviation history.

Profiles of the American West: George Catlin - How the West is Fun

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George Catlin painted the American West, with a specific focus on the American Indians, being one of the few artists to paint their unique cultures and traditions.

Gary Stevens: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

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Deep in the Santa Cruz mountains are some of California's greatest natural wonders -- redwood trees, some of them thousands of years old. These are the raw materials of Gary Stevens' artwork. But only certain trees yield the unique patterns he's searching for. Gary started out as a carpenter and has been working with wood for more than 30 years. Once he stumbled across the ancient burls in his own backyard, he found the inspiration he needed to create works that are uniquely his. Instead of seeing flaws in the wood as problems to deal with, he incorporates them into his work. Original air date: July 2004.

Get Your Drums Right | Beat Making Lab

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A crash course in mixing tracks, recording sounds, and expressing your creativity through electronic music with the PBS Beat Making Lab DJs. Using local sounds from Senegalese musicians and sampling real Sabar drummer recordings, watch as these professional DJs transform a bland track into a colorful and exciting new beat. It's Mixing 101!

Bridging Cultures with the Stroke of a Pen: Zubair Simab

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With his calligraphy, Zubair Simab seeks both to preserve the ancient art of beautifying Arabic texts and to build understanding among cultures. Zubair fled when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan at 17, eventually emigrating to the Bay Area. 

MN Original | Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

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Learn how Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) provides rigorous orchestra experiences for young musicians of all ages and abilities.

Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, more than 850 students ages 8-18 from across the Twin Cities region now play in GTCYS’ academic-year orchestras and two summer programs.

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Elisa Korenne: Mail Order Bride

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Singer songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, MN writes original songs about historical people and events of the northern plains. One such figure is Rachel Calof. She traveled from Russia to North Dakota in 1894 as an immigrant homesteader and a mail order bride. Her story is a riveting and candid look at the hardships of life on the prairie.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Charles Beck: Woodcut Artist

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At 90 years of age, artist Charles Beck is still finding inspiration in the rolling hills, lakes, trees and farmland surrounding his home in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Often described as abstract, his woodcuts depict his appreciation for nature and its many colors.

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