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Science and Art merge in this magnificent medium…enjoy the wonder of micro-photography….

“Reality’s building blocks are too tiny to see, so modern scientists pursue the invisible. The Nikon Small World Competition — which celebrates the most beautiful and mesmerizing microphotography — allows the rest of us to look on in wonder.

This year, the grand prize went to an expressionistic rendering of diatoms (oceanic algae): The single-celled creatures look like glow sticks waving in the darkness. The rear legs of water boatmen — barely visible insects that lurk in ponds and streams — are equally beautiful. (An intense zoom reveals the thorny hairs that allow them to swim against strong currents.) Then there’s the so-called brainbow, which scientists created by genetically engineering neurons to emit nearly 90 different shades of fluorescent light. (The results have given researchers an unprecedented window into the highways and byways of the cortex.) These pictures may look like art, but they’re actually avant-garde science.” – – VSL

http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/gallery.php?grouping=year&year=2008&imagepos=1

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“A new flock of creatures has been spotted in the vicinity of Boston’s Charles River. But these are not Robert McCloskey’s beloved children’s-book ducklings, and adorable is not the word that comes to mind when you look at them. Creepy? Yes. Bizarre? Definitely. Awe-inspiring? Maybe. But certainly not cute.

The beasts are part of the Student Origami Competition, which is held each year at MIT and challenges undergrads to fashion the most whacked-out animals imaginable. It’s all in keeping with MIT’s illustrious history of fielding highly competitive tiddlywinks teams. (No, really!) Parents will just have to assume that this extracurricular activity is in no way interfering with their child’s studies. Otherwise, that $36,390 tuition check could be folded rather nicely into swans, dragons, or paper tigers of their own.” – – VSL

http://www.influks.com/post862.html

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“Melty Beads” or Perler Beads are small beads that you can assemble, iron (hence, the term “melty beads”) and they fuse together to make lovely art. 

I got all of these lovely patterns at the Perler Bead Website – – please go check out their; it is fantastic – – I just put some of them in PDF Format for convenience.  (I will continue to add to this collection as time goes on.)

Butterfly and Sea Life

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Art?  Is it in you?  Even if you are not an “artist” – – you can express yourself with the artpad at art.com.   

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Van Gogh Website

http://www.vangoghgallery.com/

http://www.iem.ac.ru/wm/paint/auth/gogh/

http://gardenofpraise.com/art19.htm

LOTS of ARTISTS

http://gardenofpraise.com/art.htm

I purchased 6 postcards from dover publications and will probably pruchase another book with (something like 24 postcards) when we begin our study of Van Gogh (January 2007).  What I am planning is a 6 week study on artists and composers.  We shall see if this is an adequate amount of time!  ; ) 

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