Visual Art

Mad Art Cast Episode 3: #sciart Quickie

Mad Art Cast Episode 3: #sciart Quickie

Mad Art Cast Quickie! We’re dropping our third overall episode but our second short episode this week to shout about the cool #sciart tweet storm happening over at Twitter. Listen in then go check out the art! Scroll down to listen to the podcast! »

Mad Art Cast is live!

Mad Art Cast is live!

Big news! The crew here at Mad Art Lab have started a podcast!  Mad Art Cast is available by clicking the link below, or by connecting to your favorite podcatcher here! Mad Art Cast features Amy Davis Roth as our host, with Ashley Hamer, Brian George and me rounding out the voices. Similar to this blog itself, our discussions are at the intersection of art and science. We’re interested in he... »

So you want to scan some artwork…

So you want to scan some artwork…

Hi all, I thought it might be useful for people if I wrote up a tutorial on how to scan pencil drawings in Photoshop. This is something that I was never explicitly taught, despite a BFA degree and an inclination towards digital art, but instead it’s information that I’ve slowly figured out over the years through trial and error. I specifically want to talk about pencil drawings though ... »

A Woman’s Room Online

A Woman’s Room Online

[Trigger warning for images based on threats and harassment] Originally posted on Skepchick. Get your black dresses- and your reading glasses out. There is an art show a comin’ to town! For the past month I, along with the help of LAWAAG have been building an art exhibit called, A Woman’s Room Online. The art installation is about online harassment and stalking from the perspective of ... »

Sunflowers, Suffragists, and Artistic Development in Children

Sunflowers, Suffragists, and Artistic Development in Children

To pay the bills, I work as support staff in an Early Childhood Education Centre. I’m lucky in that I very much enjoy this job, especially when I get to design art activities for the children. Earlier this year, my preschool class planted some sunflowers outside in our garden. All spring the children watered the flowers as they grew, and learned about plants in the classroom. Shortly after o... »

Women Painting Themselves pt 2

Women Painting Themselves pt 2

Hi all, welcome to part two of this series of self-portraits by women! Today we’re moving a little bit forwards in time, but staying in roughly the same geographical area (16th century Italy was kind of a big deal for art history) to talk about Lavinia Fontana Lavinia Fontana: 1552-1614 “Self-portrait at the Clavichord with a Servant by Lavinia Fontana” Like Sofonisba Anguissola,... »

Quillied Dandelion

Quilling: Infused with Sexism and Religiosity

Quilling is a paper craft or art form that uses strips of paper to create shapes, create images, fill in areas, and create decoration.  Generally the shapes are rolled around something small (like a toothpick) or pill bottle, or woven using something like a comb.  While there are other options, the primary one is a toothpick like tool. When researching the history you will find too many different ... »

Women Painting Themselves pt 1

Women Painting Themselves pt 1

Hi all, I’m Celia Yost, I’m a visual artist, and I’ve loved paintings and art museums and all that pretty much my entire life. So anyways, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how women are visually represented in art (specifically painting, as that’s where my interest/background lies). If you’ve ever been to an art museum, you’re probably familiar with t... »

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