WYNC's Manoush Zomorodi investigates the gender gap in tech and computer science
, and finds a number of people working towards bridging that gap, from childhood to university: completely restructuring a required computer science course
to make it more welcoming to female university students
, celebrating women in computing history
(and recognizing that computer science wasn't so male-dominated
, and making children's books
!) for kids to explore programming concepts on their own. She also noticed that the majority of female computer science students in the US had grown up overseas - possibly because computer science isn't a common subject in American high schools
. This is slated to change: a new AP Computer Science subject is in the works
, with efforts to get 10,000 highly-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the US
If you want to join Mindy Kaling
in supporting young girls
entering computer science, tech, and coding
, there's a lot [more inside]
Increasing the accessibility
of cultural capital
: "In New York, a place whose cultural institutions attract people from around the world, there are residents who not only have never visited those institutions but also some who have never even been uptown."
The extended setting of the Harry Potter
series is fertile soil for fans interested in worldbuilding, especially since the release of Pottermore (previously)
, a companion site to the books that includes back-story and adjunt information direct from J.K. Rowling. Some of these worldbuilding projects include explorations on wizarding fashion
, magical education
(including other magical schools
), fantastic beasts (and perhaps where to find them)
, Muslims at Hogwarts
, and the next generation of Hogwarts students
. [more inside]
The Tumblr blog People of Color in European Art History
, or medievalpoc for short, has a simple mission
: to showcase works of art from European history that feature People of Color. All too often, these works go unseen in museums, Art History classes, online galleries, and other venues because of retroactive whitewashing of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. [more inside]
It took me nine minutes to notice that the shape of the boy’s ear precisely echoes that of the ruff along the squirrel’s belly—and that Copley was making some kind of connection between the animal and the human body and the sensory capacities of each. It was 21 minutes before I registered the fact that the fingers holding the chain exactly span the diameter of the water glass beneath them. It took a good 45 minutes before I realized that the seemingly random folds and wrinkles in the background curtain are actually perfect copies of the shapes of the boy’s ear and eye, as if Copley had imagined those sensory organs distributing or imprinting themselves on the surface behind him. And so on. What this exercise shows students is that just because you have looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it.
Warning! The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased, entry for the United States of America
Buffalo News theater critic reviews a recent school board meeting
Don't go to art school.
Why it's a bad idea and what you can do with the money instead.
Most of the prints in the exhibit "Beauty, Virtue and Vice: Images of Women in Nineteenth-Century American Prints
" were designed simply to please the eye, but they are also useful to historians who would like to understand how nineteenth-century Americans thought about the world in which they lived. Although prints are often works of imagination (even when they are grounded in fact), they still have much to tell us about the time and place in which they were created. [more inside]
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
Why does Futura work here but Slanted Futura doesn't? Enter FONTS IN USE:
A breakdown, explanation and appreciation of type design out in the real world.
There has been a new discipline developing in molecular biology for some time now, Bioanimation! Projects have ranged in size from WEHI
's colossal compilation
to Harvard Biovision
's magnum opus "Inner Life of the Cell"
to commercially produced masterpieces
to smaller projects by university PIs and enthusiasts. much [more inside]
A gallery of scanned German children's books from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Sounds dry, but the plates are high-resolution
. Fans of old-school engraving, illustration, and Bibliodyssey-esque curiosities will not be disappointed. Highly extensive and bandwidth-intensive.
Where forward thinking terrestrials exchange ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction today. A growing number of universities, architecture and design schools are conducting projects
on this site. Hundreds of art treasures, educational videos and narratives are found in their galleries
. Every SpaceCollective member is provided with a personal time capsule
, preserving their contributions for the edification of each other as well as future times and beings.
The Museum of Modern Art
began working in late 2007 to renovate its Web site substantially for the first time since 2002. It knew that it wouldn’t be just updating a few pieces — it would be entering a whole new era. Earlier this month, the new site launched
, and is an almost complete reconstruction of how the museum presents itself online. It features livelier images
from its collection and exhibitions, increased use of video
and the new interactive calendars
is an edited online art history resource to augment or replace traditional art history texts. For a given artwork, smARThistory brings together podcasts, video clips, images, links to other resources, and commentary
, providing a rich context for the work. Indexed by timeline, artistic style, artist and theme.
Web Designer Wall
is the personal weblog of Nick La who is N.Design Studio
. He talks about design ideas
he has, design tutorials
from Photoshop to CSS, etc., and trends
in modern web design. (see previous)
Speaking of speeches, David Eggers delivers
one at TED on grassroots community tutoring for kids who need help with their English homework: "There's something about the kids finishing their homework in a given day, working one on one, getting all this attention. They finish their homework, they go home -- they're finished. They don't stall. They don't do their homework in front of the TV. They're allowed to go home 5:30, enjoy their family, enjoy other hobbies, get outside, play and that makes a happy family. A bunch of happy families in a neighborhood is a happy community. A bunch of happy communities tied together is a happy city and a happy world, right? So, the key to it all is homework." Love him or hate him (mefi consensus
) it's a great example of
nervous energy microphilanthropy
, social entrepreneurship
and, if I may make the connection, machines
of loving grace
Immaculate Heart College Art Department Rules.
A truly inspirational set of values
that could add everything to the life of anyone in education. What makes this set of rules even better is that they came from the students
themselves. But they couldn't have done so without the pioneering work of Sister Mary Corita [more inside]
A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust
- an overview of the people and events of the Holocaust through photographs, documents, art, music, and literature. It is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to approach this sensitive topic. The content is presented from three perspectives: Timeline, People, and The Arts. Produced by the University of South Florida.
How marbles are made.
Video showing colored marbles being hand-crafted, layer upon layer, into miniature works of art.
Music makes you smarter if you get an early start.
Certainly debatable given the incredibly small sample, but perhaps it's a prelude to an emerging 21st-century collaborative scientific suite or symphony that can explain why we love music so much
Mention nude art, get suspended.
25-year veteran art teacher Pete Panse recommended several ways for his ninth grade advanced art students to improve their skills, one of which included nude life figure drawing sessions at other art schools. For this, the Middletown, NY School District Board of Education suspended him, pending hearings in which he may be fired. They'll be after our bathroom mirrors next. [via DC Art News]
The Center for Cartoon Studies
, nestled in the historic village of White River Junction
, Vermont, will learn you up good
on how to be a comic artist/graphic novelist. They operate under the charter of the National Association of Comics Art Educators
; Charles Schulz's widow Jean hooked them up
with funding for a library in town. When you apply for admission, don't forget to include that story
about you, the snowman, and the robot. A photo tour of the Center and its surroundings can be seen here
: a photo essay.
Mathematics and art
are thoroughly explored as two intertwined fields, in this online version of a Dartmouth course focusing on patterns [more inside].
1957 atomic revolution comic book.
Quite a find for 1950s atomic memorabilia enthusiasts. Creepy and educational. Has anyone here ever heard of M.Philip Copp?
Artists, Lovers And Art Lovers or Amadeo, Anna and Olga
: I was astonished to find such a thorough Modigliani gallery as this on the Web, complete with a charming piece
on his love affair with the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova
. It's part of Olga's Gallery
, an entirely amateurish affair
mounted by Olga and Helen Mataev
with the intention of opening their children's eyes to the wonders of the (art) world. Its innocence and guilelessness are obvious, but its enthusiasm for painting - and its anxiety to share what's unsettling and magnificent about art - did much to renew my faith in the good ship Internet and in so many who sail in her. Long live amateurishness and its real root, love
! OK, so it's a bit raw around the edges... Who cares? It may be unprofessional, uncool and even awkward - but it's truly lovely.