Colorblind art teacher sees colors for first time — with students’ help

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This story is inspiring to say the least. Art teacher Greg Chapman found out a few years ago that he is color blind, after not knowing his entire life. One of his students heard about a pair of glasses designed for color blind people to give them the ability to distinguish between hues. The student created a GoFund me page where students from the past, as well as others on social media, donated. The student raised enough money and was able to purchase the glasses for Chapman.

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Hollywood’s special effects industry is cratering, and an art form is disappearing along with it

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.22.58 AM.pngFilmmakers have relied on technological tricks to create visual effects since the earliest days of cinema. But technology’s limits meant that shooting actual stuff, such as prosthetic wounds, mechanical sharks, etc., usually made for more beautiful and realistic images. Over the years, the capabilities of computer-generated imagery  have surpassed anything that earlier generations of artists could have imagined. Entire scenes and characters can now be created digitally. Will CGI’s replace the need for actors? What will the entertainment industry look like in 10 years from now?

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The digital age of data art

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Many artists use as material for art the raw data produced by our societies, seeking creating ways of transforming it into a work of art. By blurring boundaries between art and information, data art dispels the myth of the romantic artist while offering a fundamental artistic act in a critical commentary of the digital age in which we live – and the age we are entering.

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Art Is… Everything: Lessons From My First Art Retreat

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Writer Scott Stabile spent five days this past April at the Art Is…You Mixed Media Art Retreat in Santa Rosa, California, and says that he floated away from the experience a changed man. He knew nothing about mixed media art going in, and had no idea these retreats even existed. He explains in the article the transcendent power of art, and how it is an integral aspect of life. What is art to you?

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“Seven Magic Mountains” biggest land-art exhibit in 40 years

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 9.16.41 AM.pngA new colorful art creation made from the same limestone found all over the state was recently formed between Primm and Las Vegas on the east side of the road. The project is called “Seven Magic Mountains” and it took five years to get it into place. The full cost of the installation is $3 million dollars, and art curators from the Art Production Fund and Museum of Art were able to make the project through private and corporate fundraising. Officials from the Nevada Museum of Art say it will stay in its location for the next two years. Pretty cool!

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After stroke, artist finds new style of painting

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This story is upsetting and inspiring at the same time. After loosing the ability in his right hand due to a stroke, Pratt Institute graduate Tim Jackson re-learns how to draw. Art has always been a part of his life, for as long as he could remember. He had two options: give up or start over. We really can do anything with the right mindset, determination, and passion. Truly an inspiring story.

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