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Forgotton Anne Lets You Play Anime in a New Way

Forgotton Anne’s hand-drawn backgrounds and animations are beautiful. There’s no disputing that. And it’s easy to see the inspiration behind the style: anime greats like Sprited Away’s Studio Ghibli, and Tokyo Godfathers' Satoshi Kon. Forgotton Anne’s art director, Anders Bierbelg Hald, told PC Gamer, "Ever since I started working as a digital background painter, I have been looking at the backgrounds of Studio Ghibli and Studio 4C, so a lot of my artistic education was through looking at how they solved visual challenges and then adapting that to a digital medium, and most of the time, a western environment.” Further bringing the style to life are animators Debbie Ekberg and Sebastian Ljungdahl, who both studied animation in Tokyo under The Cat Return’s director Hiroyuki Morita and other animators active at the time. The character animation lacks a buttery-smooth frame rate, but with purpose. The movement better emulates the painstakingly hand-drawn style of old-school anime. It..

First Four Freedoms Festival kicked off by arts contest

By Derek Carson, Bennington Banner ARLINGTON — For the first time this year, artistic and community organizations from around the county will collaborate on a new festival that will celebrate Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," their connection to the area, and the ideas and philosophies behind them.The effort is being led by The Mill in East Arlington, which was purchased in 2014 by Dr. Joshua Sherman, who re-opened the space as a hub for building connections and collaborations between artists and creators. The Southern Vermont Arts Center and Mountain Media have already been announced as collaborating with The Mill for the Four Freedoms festival, and more organizations are expected to announce their involvement in the coming months. Among the events that have been announced for the festival, which will take place during the weekend of July 19-21, are a state-wide bell-ringing, the premier of "Perfect Picture," a musical about the life of Rockwell, an art contest for ..

Art showing cop aiming gun at black girl moved at high school

(NYPost)After multiple complaints, Sunset Park High School in Brooklyn was forced to move a controversial poster that showed a cop pointing a gun at a black child. The poster was originally put up in the lobby of the high school on Wednesday. The art, made by a student, depicts a cop crouching and aiming his gun at the back of a black girl and she spray paints “Bigger Than Hate” on a wall. — Drake goes to Miami schools for ‘God’s Plan’ video shoot, makes donations to students — The poster was made in an after-school program and was inspired by a near identical image created by the art duo Madam Muse. Sunset Park High School faced multiple complaints on Wednesday and Thursday after someone posted the photo on Facebook and asked those who objected to it to call the school and let them know how they felt about it. The school took the poster down from the lobby area and relocated it to another area of the school. “We got a million calls about it,” a school source stated. “They put it up a..

Old Kmart turned into state of the art school for suburban students

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoWAUKEGAN, Ill. -- From the Blue Light special to a Blue Ribbon School. An old Kmart in north suburban Waukegan is being re-born as the home of an innovative Catholic prep school. About 400 Cristo Rey College Prep students will start a new chapter in their educational stories inside of an old store. The school was doing remarkable things; giving opportunities to low income families and sending 100 percent of students to college, but the building itself was crumbling. “(It had) leaky pipes, ceilings that fall down overflowing sewers, power outages, the boiler going out,” Preston Kendall, school president said . “And yet in that environment our kids have found a way to excel.” Kendal led a $17 million fundraising campaign to find a new home. Some “out of the box” thinking brought them to the abandoned Kmart on Belvidere Road. Tuesday, students will move in to the state of the art facility for the first time. “It’s really an amazing space and tom..

Martin County resident makes CD to help support 2 charities

Martin County resident Susie McAllister has produced a CD titled “Believe” and is donating all proceeds to Artists for a Cause and StarStruck Theatre.(Photo: Provided by Megan Morris/For Luminaries) Beautiful music has the power to inspire, console, and enrich lives. In that spirit, Martin County resident Susie McAllister has produced a CD titled “Believe” and is donating all proceeds to charity. A professional musician, winner of "Singing with the Stars" in 2015, and retired music teacher, McAllister has a passion for the arts. “The making of this CD has been a true labor of love. I believe that through the arts, lives are forever enriched, especially children’s lives,” McAllister said. That leads her to her other passion: Donating time, talent and treasure to local non-profit organizations. All proceeds from the sale of “Believe” will go directly to two of these local non-profits, Artists for a Cause and StarStruck Theatre to support various art programs for local talented youth. Fou..

Reflections 2017: Mark Wallace – An education for life with a truly global outlook

This has been another incredibly busy and successful calendar year at Lincoln Minster School (LMS). Pupils and staff, have once again, thrown themselves into school life and worked together to produce some astonishing achievements. We have had some wonderful sporting accolades, both individually and collectively, and I think it is fair to say that our level of performance as a co-educational school is becoming the envy of many. What makes me most proud with regard to our sport is the way in which we have played. Of course, we want to be competitive and win, however sport at LMS is more than just about a good win/loss ratio – it is about helping each other develop the right instincts and characteristics that will see us well later in life. The same is true of the artistic side of school life, which continues to flourish. The word ‘participation’ springs to mind with staff allowing and giving opportunities to all levels of talent in art exhibitions, drama productions and music concerts. ..

Learning from Contemporary Artists

Are your students learning about artists working in the 21st century? Art 21 highlights the importance of introducing students to contemporary artists saying, “Bringing contemporary art into schools and communities enables educators to promote curiosity, encourage dialogue, and initiate debate about the world and the issues that affect our lives.” By setting aside time in your curriculum to view contemporary artworks and respond through artmaking will give students the chance to see the dynamic nature of contemporary art practices. Introducing students to artists working in the 21st century will cultivate a diverse creative community and challenge their thinking around their own artistic processes. Each year, established and emerging contemporary artists are showcased at an extraordinary art fair, Art Basel Miami, where “…leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new g..

Oklahoma to pioneer standards in computer science education

TULSA - Oklahoma may suffer from low budgets when it comes to education, but the state’s been working hard on making sure its academic standards are high. Recently, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) released a draft of new academic standards for computer sciences. If adopted, Oklahoma will become only the third state in the nation to have grade-specific standards for computer science. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister told KRMG Wednesday that it’s vitally important to prepare Oklahoma’s students for the realities of the job market of the future - and indeed, of the present. “This is going to be a part of an important foundation so that our students are equipped for the world they will live in for the next decade or beyond,” Hofmeister said. “We know that coding and the work of computing is going to drive a lot of the economy in the future. It already affects everything from health and medicine to agribusiness and finance.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics says compu..

Victoria art school gets eviction notice to make way for high schoolers

A post-secondary Victoria art school is being evicted by its landowner, the Greater Victoria School District, from a building it's called home for 14 years. Since 2004, the Vancouver Island School of Art has leased an old elementary school from the school district. However, due to swelling enrolment, the district says it now needs the space for students. The district's secretary-treasurer, Mark Walsh, says changes to B.C.'s class composition sizes, as well as population migration to the Island from Alberta and the Lower Mainland, have pushed enrolment well above previous projections. "Most of our sites are starting to fill up," said Walsh. "Central Middle School actually is full, and we need to find a way to make sure we can fit all the kids in this area." For now, that means increasing capacities at other schools like Lansdowne Middle School — which is just down the road from the Vancouver Island School of Art, also known as the Quadra street building. "[The Quadra str..

Museums and Creative Aging

“You meet somebody and you might have a preconceived concept of what they might be like. Then we start talking about art and it becomes a fellowship and it brings you close together. I think we get to know them in a much deeper sense than we do just in support group, in a very touching way. This program has been one of the greatest gifts we had in our journey with this—this disease of Alzheimer’s.” It’s the first Wednesday of the month at the High Museum of Art and 20 participants have joined us for “Musing Together,” a program that serves adults living with memory loss and their caretakers. This pilot program was launched in spring 2017 in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter and occurs on the first Wednesday of every month. Adults in the early stages of dementia, along with their caretakers, are screened by the Alzheimer’s Association for eligibility in this pilot program. Participants receive free entry to the museum and are led on a 90-minute tour by teachi..

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