Fine Arts

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How to Respond to a Work of Art

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In this video clip, Martin Rollins describes the four-part process of responding to visual art. He demonstrates this process by critiquing Pieter Claesz’s oil painting Breakfast Still Life.

Shakespeare: Scene from Much Ado About Nothing

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The main plot in this Shakespearean comedy revolves around the young lovers Claudio and Hero and the obstacles to their marriage. This scene, however, features the more mature lovers from the play’s sub-plot—Beatrice and Benedick—and their “merry war.” Prior to this scene (from Act V, Scene II), Hero’s character has been defamed, causing her fiancé, Claudio to reject her at the altar. Enraged, Beatrice urges Benedick to prove his love for her by killing Claudio. In this scene, Benedick tells Beatrice he has challenged Claudio to a duel. Actor Joe Gatton opens the segments with a brief introduction to the scene.

Designing the Mall | The National Mall - America's Front Yard

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Learn about the evolution and design of the National Mall from its inception and explore the early considerations made by its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The design of the capitol city involved converting tidal flats, forests, and farmland into the major landmarks we see today. L’Enfant placed major landmarks on high points, placing the Capitol Building on the highest spot. Other design elements included a space for the President's house, the Washington Monument, and a grand promenade, lined with buildings and a broad canal, better known today as our National Mall.

Stone: Russell Dawson

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Rocks have a special appeal to artist and stonemason Russell Dawson. He is particularly drawn to their shape and weathered condition. His love for the material as well as his art background are reflected in the walls, chimneys, walkways, patios, benches, and custom homes he has built. Largely self-taught, Dawson hopes his work will be a “celebration of nice rocks.”

Ceramics: Chris Strecker

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Chris Strecker started undergraduate school as a forestry major, but passed a ceramics class one day and was immediately intrigued. In this segment, she demonstrates how to throw a pot and discusses the ceramics-making process, from shaping the clay to glazing and firing the pot.

Introduction to Greek Drama

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Instructor Elizabeth Jewell explains characteristics of Greek drama, including parts of the stage, the role of the chorus, costumes and set, and the role of drama in Greek life.

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Ruhija Orphans Group

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Learn about Ruhija Orphans group in Uganda. Children show up at the tourist camp and provide entertainament and tourists will provide money to support initiative.

Herd About the Prairie: A Visual Art Stampede | Gogh Bison

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Local artist, Geri Burkhart Weiner talks about bison figure she decorated for the Herd About the Prairie project. She used Van Gogh's "Stary Night" piece for painting the nightime landscape.

MN Original | Neon Artist Matt Thompson

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Watch now: Matt Thompson has perfected the century-old craft of neon in his 30 years as a sign maker. Using brightly colored glass tubes and gas, Thompson creates custom signage, repairs old signs and commissions one-of-a-kind artwork.

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MN Original | Textile Artist Tim Harding

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Learn how internationally known designer Tim Harding makes large-scale textiles out of colorful Chinese silks and other vibrant materials. Harding layers, cuts and assembles these fabrics to create the illusion that the flat work is actually 3-dimensional.

Harding’s work can be found around the world in museums and private collections, and even in an Abu Dhabi luxury hotel.

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MN Original | Musician Jayanthi Kyle: "That's How The River Flows"

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Watch singer/songwriter Jayanthi Kyle performs “That’s How the River Flows” on the sunny banks of the Mississippi River with guitarist Wes Burdine.

Kyle is the vocalist in several Twin Cities bands including Black Audience, Jayanthi Kyle and the Crybabies, Romantica, Gospel Machine and Davis Bain Band.

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MN Original | Painter Patrick K. Pryor

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Explore how home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick Pryor’s experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work.

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A New Medium | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Learn how Jim Henson’s childhood in rural Mississippi influenced his career and his passion for drawing and building things in this excerpt from the video In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. See how 12-year old Jim is drawn to the new medium of television and the art of ventriloquism, particularly that of Edgar Bergen.

Puppet Partnership | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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Explore the early years of Jim Henson and puppeteer Frank Oz’s unique creative partnership in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The puppeterring duo first met in 1960 when Oz was just 17-years old. Their pioneering work in early 1960s television, including the network variety series The Jimmy Dean Show, reveals the complexities of their relationship.

Fraggle Rock | In Their Own Words: Jim Henson

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See how "Fraggle Rock" introduced a new generation to Jim Henson's creations in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Jim Henson. The fantasy film "Dark Crystal" was not a box-office success, but later became a cult classic. Technologically groundbreaking, Henson was disappointed with ticket sales, but he was really proud of the film as a piece of art.

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