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Art Inspiration for June 6, 2020


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Looking for calm, community, and creativity to escape and de-stress right now? We’ve got you! Whether you’ve never drawn before or have been drawing for years, art is a great antidote to stress. So grab a pencil and some paper and let’s have fun and create together! Led by Scott Maier, professional artist, instructor and our resident Executive Director of Video for Artists Network, each live video will focus on a different topic or technique. No experience necessary!

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Kaffe Fassett on Color

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Ancient Roman Mosaic Is Discovered in Pristine Condition Under a Vineyard in Italy

By Jessica Stewart on May 28, 2020

Thanks to Italy’s rich history, if you dig a little bit you’re sure to find something special—even in unexpected places. This was made clear in Verona, where the city has been excavating a privately owned vineyard since the fall. And now, their hard work has paid off as archaeologists have uncovered a pristine mosaic floor dating back to the 1st century CE.

It’s an incredible find in an area that’s long been recognized to house treasures from ancient Rome. In fact, according to local sources, the land was known to sit on top of Roman artifacts since at 19th century. Some mosaics, which are on display in a city museum, were already excavated from the site in the 1960s.

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Incredibly Realistic Sand Sculptures Look Like They’ve Crawled Onto Shore

By Margherita Cole on May 28, 2020

For some people, a trip to the beach means enjoying the ocean, walking along the shore, or perhaps trying their hand at making a sandcastle. However, certain artists like Andoni Bastarrika take this carefree activity to a whole new level—transforming wet sand into incredible, three-dimensional works of art. Bastarrika’s series of mind-boggling, realistic animal sculptures look as though they have “washed up” on the beach.

The gifted artist uses the local Basque beaches in northern Spain as the canvas for his land art. He finds an elevated cement platform that overlooks the coast and begins depositing buckets of sand there. Then, the self-taught artist molds the wet materials by hand and sometimes with sticks until he is satisfied with the subject’s realism. To enhance the final product, Bastarrika will often use found objects as embellishments. The life-size sand sculpture of a bull, for example, uses real horns on its head and rocks as its hooves. At first glance, the animal looks startlingly real–as though it was merely taking a nap by the ocean.

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Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience

By Robert Martone on June 2, 2020

When a concert opens with a refrain from your favorite song, you are swept up in the music, happily tapping to the beat and swaying with the melody. All around you, people revel in the same familiar music. You can see that many of them are singing, the lights flashing to the rhythm, while other fans are clapping in time. Some wave their arms over their head, and others dance in place. The performers and audience seem to be moving as one, as synchronized to one another as the light show is to the beat.

A new paper in the journal NeuroImage has shown that this synchrony can be seen in the brain activities of the audience and performer. And the greater the degree of synchrony, the study found, the more the audience enjoys the performance. This result offers insight into the nature of musical exchanges and demonstrates that the musical experience runs deep: we dance and feel the same emotions together, and our neurons fire together as well.

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