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Chris Drury: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, climb a tree with Chris Drury whose installations mimic the underlying patterns of the natural world. For more than a quarter-century, internationally recognized British artist Chris Drury has used the materials and processes of nature in his work. Drury's lyrical, often temporary installations mimic patterns that already exist in the natural world. Visit with Drury as he prepares a series of works for a six-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, culminating in a show called "Whorls: Installations by Chris Drury," an indoor and outdoor exhibition featuring three site-specific nature-based installations. 

Blink of An Eye | Media Arts Toolkit

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Blink of an Eye uses high tech to appeal to the compulsion we all feel to play with our own shadows. It is a projector screen shaped like a giant eye that the artist, Erin Taylor, sets up at festivals to provide an interactive arts experience. Some people create simple hand puppets. Some do elaborate shadow dances. 

Daniel McCormick: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow environmental artist Daniel McCormick as he creates temporary sculptures in the creek beds of West Marin.

Gregory Gavin: Visual Arts

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Gregory Gavin is an artist with a social cause. In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore his project called "Riveropolis," which was born out of his interest in bringing inner-city people together in a man-made environment reminiscent of nature.

Joe Mangrum: Visual Arts (Instillation)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how natural found objects are juxtaposed with pieces of technology in Joe Mangrum's design sculptures. Since the mid-1990s, Joe Mangrum has been making temporary installations from found objects. Often exhibiting his designs in public spaces, Mangrum hopes to catch his viewers off guard, inserting something unexpected into their everyday routines. Spark visits Mangrum as he works on a large-scale piece for Red Ink Studios on San Francisco's bustling Market Street.

Sand: Damon Farmer

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What began as a vacation hobby has become a 30-year career that has taken sand sculptor Damon Farmer all over the world. In this profile, he displays his tools and reveals how he creates sculptures within the limitations of sand.

ArtQuest: Science and Art

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MTSU professors Michael Baggarly, Kim Dummons & Jarrod Houghton create a bronze sculpture using science.

ArtQuest: Making a Marionette with Brian Hull

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Puppetry director Brian Hull shows Elizabeth how to make a marionette puppet.

ArtQuest: Creating Book Sculptures with Daniel Lai

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Artist Daniel Lai talks to Dajiah about his book art sculptures.

ArtQuest: Sculpture in the Round

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Sculpture is art in three dimensions: height, width & depth. Sculpture made in the round can be viewed from all sides.

Documenting Communities | Media Arts Toolkit

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Berea College’s Partners for Education partnered with communities in 10 Kentucky Appalachian counties to develop the Our Creative Promise website to showcase the region’s creative assets. They invited schools in each county to engage students in creating artworks to celebrate the unique attributes of their communities. Students wrote poetry, painted murals, created sculptures, recorded interviews, and wrote songs. Media arts were integrated throughout so that their projects could be added to the regional website. Each county profile has a section entitled “Youth Lens,” where student multimedia creativity is showcased.

Carving Pumpkins

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In this Dinosaur Train clip, the Pteranodon and Lambeosaurus families carve pumpkins.

Minnie Adkins | Muse Moments

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Minnie Adkins is a folk artist known for her painted wood carvings of roosters, foxes, bears, possums, and horses. Adkins was born in Isonville, a small town in rural Eastern Kentucky. As a child Adkins didn’t have toys and decided to make her own by carving sticks.

 

Chompers | Media Arts Toolkit

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Chompers is a trio of abstract coyotes with levers to lift and lower their heads and open their mouths so that they can appear to be howling at the moon. They were built by the artists at Opera-Matic, a neighborhood art group from Chicago that specializes in community engagement. Opera-Matic was invited to bring Chompers to the BLINK festival in Cincinnati. The BLINK festival was a celebration of light and art with a focus on interactivity. The “coyotes” were a big hit with festival-goers, especially children. They are mounted on recycled ice cream bikes for easy mobility in parades.

The Pool | Media Arts Toolkit

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The Pool is an interactive light sculpture that creates magic in public spaces by bringing together art, technology, and participation. Consisting of hundreds of circular pads arranged in concentric circles, The Pool invites people to walk, run, jump, and dance on the pads to cause ripples of changing light.

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