Category Archives: Visual Arts Department

Octobasse: Monstrosity or Muse?

Cool little video explaining how the octobasse is constructed (art), works (science), and sounds (music).  Love the intersection of the three disciplines! http://twistedsifter.com/videos/octobasse-makes-cello-look-like-violin/

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Female and Male Creativity…

In light of the excellent Nobles magazine that has just been published, highlighting some of the wonderful stories of coeducation at our school in the last 40 years, here is a review of Margaret Mead and her interpretation of Female/Male … Continue reading

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Re-Opening of Harvard Art Museums Speaks to Larger Trend

    This interesting article in the New York Times highlights the relationship between extensive arts facilties and the elite higher educational institutions who shepard their expansion.   Worth a look.

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Poe’s “Dream Land” inspires new art

Inspired by this sensation they discovered in London’s VIctoria & Albert Museum after closing, as well as an Edgar Allen Poe’s 1844 poem “Dream-Land” about a voyager ship that lands in a place outside of space and time, the design collective The T/Shirt … Continue reading

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Why We Love The Splendid Table

    Thought this post about SALIVA was really interesting, not just because of the science, but because it’s about looking carefully at something that is overlooked and because the context of this dicussion—on The Splendid Table, a web site … Continue reading

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Vik Muniz Creates a New Take on the Sand Castle

What happens if the drawing you’ve spent 4 years making is impossible to see?  After four years of trial-and-error experimentation, artist Vik Muniz and artist/researcher Marcelo Coelho successfully created drawings as tiny as they are tremendous: magnificent castles etched onto microscopic grains of sand—a … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Late to Do Something Amazing

At 100, Frank Shearer is the oldest waterskier in the world… Check out this LIST.  Be inspired: never too early, never too late and definitely no excuses not to try.

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban Elevates Simple Materials, Wins 2014 Pritzker

This year’s  Pritzker Prize, arguably the world’s most prestigious architecture award, was awarded to Shigeru Ban.  The 57-year-old Japanese architect works almost entirely with simple, low cost materials like paper and cardboard, building symbols of hope in areas of the world impacted … Continue reading

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What we are reading

If you’re looking to expand your blog perusals, we offer some of the Visual Art department favorites for you to check out.  You could learn more about glazing techniques, or, um, cats.  All good for the upcoming vacation… John Hirsch … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Bear

  Loved this illustrator’s self-prescribed antidote to bearishness.  Jared Rippy’s response to the 2013 To Resolve Project was his Don’t Be a Bear journal. “To avoid the pitfalls of a bearish attitude and as a daily reminder to myself I … Continue reading

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