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Shapes & Colors

Color, shapes, and patterns. Watch as artists sculpt with fire and ink with mops-- from bamboo to paper to glow-in-the-dark paint (and one "alphabetical engineer"), learn the ways visual artists use non-traditional media.

Grades K-2 Lesson
Teach students about patterns in poetry, art, and the world around them
Flash Interactive
Follow Cai Guo-Qiang and pyrotechnician Phil Grucci as they prepare their performance art piece
Flash Interactive
Learn about Shadow Puppetry and stage your own shadow plays!
Video Series
"The Human Jungle Gym" brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle, and merriment
Video Series
An excerpt from Cai's Tornado: Explosion Project for the Kennedy Center
Video
“Alphabetical Engineer” Danny ‘Dan-One’ Polonco talks about graffiti art form as a means for self-expression
Video
A festive Otsukimi (Japanese moon-viewing) by shodo performing artist Koji Kakinuma
Video
Calligraphy artist Koji Kakinuma presents one of his trademark innovations, Trancework
Video
Shigeo Kawashima's sculptures take bamboo as an artistic medium to a new level
Video
Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, and designer
Grade 5 Lesson
Viewing mobiles created by sculptor Alexander Calder, students learn about the function and form of levers
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will explore the mathematics behind mandalas, including but not limited to shapes and symmetry
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students explore the solar system through experimentation of mobile design in the style of Alexander Calder
Grades 9-12 Lesson
The Fibonacci Sequence manifests in nature and visual arts
Interactive
Get behind the work of the art world's Man of Steel
This Day in the Arts
September 12, 1940: Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France
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