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“An ardent desire to go took possession of me once more.   Not because I wanted to leave – I was quite all right on this Cretan coast, and felt happy and free there and I needed nothing – but because I have always been consumed with one desire; to touch and see as much as possible of the earth and the sea before I die.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

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Artwork by Manousos Chalkiadakis from the island of Crete in Greece.

Visit Manouso HERE

Read more about Manouso HERE

Growing portraits with grass

Growing portraits with grass

[Great big story]

“Grass is something that most of us take for granted. We walk all over it, we lay on it and sometimes mow it down. Few appreciate grass the way Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd do. And yet their art can stop you in your tracks. By manipulating the natural processes that fuel life itself, these British artists blur the line between science, nature and art, all while drawing attention to climate change.” Read more about the artists HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Grass is something we take for granted
  • We walk all over it
  • We don’t give it much thought
  • The magic of seeing them in print
  • Come to life and grow
  • Blur the lines between science, nature and art
  • Mega flooding scenarios
  • Severe weather events are happening
  • Time and time again
  • Increasingly more frequently
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Climate change
  • It was within our sight
  • Photosynthesis
  • We work with the seed
  • Germinate their seeds for about two weeks
  • The image develops over the period of weeks
  • We grow the grass vertically
  • The studio space
  • We turn it into a darkroom
  • The only light that the grass receives
  • Projected negative image
  • It produces more of the chlorophyll, more of the green pigment
  • The equivalent to a black and white photograph
  • But in tones of green to yellow
  • We can work really really large-scale
  • The resolution phenomenal
  • It’s part of a process of discovery
  • The mediums you work with
  • Part of our palette and materials that we play with
  • They can last indefinitely
  • When you can put the lights out
  • Someone who cares passionately about what they’re doing
  • I’m still a bit taken aback by all this grass

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Ash to Art

Ash to Art

Turning the worthless by-product of The Glasgow School of Art fire into 25 priceless works of art.

Visit the Mackintosh Building Restoration HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

  • It was no other Art School
  • Firefighters are tackling a major blaze
  • An iconic building
  • It’s all gone on the inside
  • It’s the worst thing that could have happened
  • 25 of Britain’s leading artists
  • Create new art from the ruins
  • Using the charcoal from the fire
  • A powerful experience
  • A very famous Art School
  • It’s helped a very famous art school literally rise from the ashes
Touching Masterpieces

Touching Masterpieces

 

VR exhibit at The National Gallery of Prague allows the blind to ‘see’ art thanks to special gloves.

“For centuries, art has been a universal medium of expression that has, and continues to, connect language, time and culture. Art however, in its various forms, materials and interpretations, is still not accessible to everyone. Out of 7.595.145.000 people living, over 36.000.000 are blind from birth and 217.000.000 have moderate to severe vision impairment. And in today’s information age, the only way the blind can experience art, is through the senses of tactility and sound.
Whilst the internet does provide descriptive audio, only some iconic masterpieces are presented in such a manner, and in just a few museums, globally. Thus, millions of people have literally not seen, and will never see, sculptural masterpieces such as the head of Nefertiti, the beauty of the Venus de Milo or Michelangelo’s David, to name just a few – until now.
NeuroDigital invites Prague’s visually impaired people to a new age of digital accessibility, to see what has previously been unseen”  READ MORE

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

• It was like a different world
• It was something I didn’t expect
• Art is not always explainable
• To feel it
• Visually impaired
• I was kind of puzzled
• Hear about it from a guide
• It’s not a full experience
• It was missing before
• You can see it, touch it

Get face to face with art – let your selfie lead you

Get face to face with art – let your selfie lead you

[Google Arts and Culture]

Take a selfie and give the experiment a try HERE. Now available in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore and parts of the US. Stay tuned as we try to expand and improve!

Follow Van Gogh

Follow Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• Our journey has begun
• Following the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh
• We observed his work
• We speak of what it must have been like
• Dark moist soil
• Following after his past
• Our senses opening up
• Feeling the connection with nature
• A growing awareness of our day-to-day existence
• Inspired by the past
• The way his work came to life
• This is our story – what does yours look like?

Inspire Me # 20

Inspire Me # 20

 

Google

Discover 100 Chinese treasures from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture

Housed in the Forbidden City, the Palace Museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world.  From jade sculptures to dragon seals, immerse yourself in a collection that captures 6,000 years of China’s culture and history    HERE

 

Chasing the light

Chasing the light

[Insider]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Hyperrealistic landscapes
  • Inspired by
  • Take action and make decisions
  • Based on our emotions
  • I try to portray the beauty
  • Turns them into large-scale artworks
  • Has traveled the world
  • Capturing landscapes
  • Connect emotionally
  • Inspired to connect and preserve them

View Zaria’s artwork HERE

 

Japan – Endless Discovery

Japan – Endless Discovery

  [Lonely Planet]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Social Communications Manager
  • Culture and Historical Activities
  • There is a real contrast between the old and the new, the hyper-modern and super traditional
  • Top Travel Bloggers
  • A really memorable trip
  • A unique cultural experience
  • Busy financial hub
  • A studio, a café and a shop all combined into one
  • The place where the best artists get together to showcase their work
  • I’m going to step back 600 years to experience some authentic Japanese culture
  • Big bold dramatic moves
  • But what struck me was the concentration
  • I don’t quite know how to put it into words
  • It was just mesmerizing
  • Goes back, since well before the 2nd world war
  • Huge frantic city
  • Natural mineral pigments
  • Working in this particular medium, this is Mecca
  • Brightly colored minerals
  • Grind them down into different particles
  • Over a thousand years of tradition
  • It brings a new level of respect
  • The perfect blend of old and new
  • A walk back in time
  • Focusing on the challenges ahead
  • The tea ceremony
  • No ordinary person would be allowed in; it was a very special place
  • They are worth Splurging and spending money on
  • Once in a lifetime experiences that you have to sample when you come to Japan
  • A bond they have with nature

Job Profile –  Travel Blogger  :

“As a writer or author you would produce a variety of types of creative work, including novels, children’s books, poetry and, travel and technical writing. If you’ve got excellent writing skills, and you’ve got the determination and the self-motivation needed to make it in this career, there could be opportunities for you as a writer.

As a writer you could work for yourself writing novels, short stories, plays and poetry. You may wish to choose a writing specialism such as writing children’s books, travel or technical writing. You could also write features for newspapers, magazines, radio, film or television. You may also write for social media, websites or blogs. Depending on your role your work could include:

  • choosing your subject based on personal interest or on a commission given by agents or publishers
  • coming up with themes, ideas or plots
  • researching information using the internet, libraries and personal interviews
  • submitting your draft to a publisher, either speculatively or through an agent
  • revising your work if necessary, after getting feedback
  • pursuing publishing opportunities
  • developing an understanding of copyright law

You may be interested in working as a travel writer, creating guide books, features, hotel reviews or travel novels. Writing travel blogs, articles for websites and updating travel links on Facebook and Twitter could also be part of your job.

Skills, interests and qualities

To become a writer, you should have:

  • excellent writing skills
  • self-discipline and motivation
  • the ability to develop creative ideas
  • perseverance and determination
  • a willingness to work alone for long periods
  • the ability to accept criticism
  • drawing skills, if you wish to illustrate your own work
  • excellent research skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • IT skills
  • the ability to market and promote your work”
[National Career Service ]