Dear Astronomers Without Borders, nice to meet all of you from the pages of this blog! We really appreciate this opportunity to talk about our project as Astro Artists of the Month. As we share with you a passion for astronomy and space, in the following posts we will try to give you the flavor of our efforts in communicating the essence of its beauty and the emotions raised by exploring and understanding the cosmos. Our goal is never educational, 1 rather it is an attempt to elicit an individual awareness of our cosmic citizenship. Music and storytelling are the...

The Science of Beauty What is art? Pretty pictures? Colors and patterns arranged to create an emotion in the observer? I would argue that art, for at least 35,000 years in human culture, is a way to communicate ideas and concepts that may transcend spoken or written language. I subscribe to the school of Neuroesthetics, which is a relatively recent sub-discipline of empirical aesthetics. This takes a scientific approach to the study of aesthetic perceptions of art, music, or any object that can give rise to aesthetic judgments. Essentially I apply the scientific research in concepts of beauty and esthetics...

"The Grander Scheme" One of the fundamental reasons I have gravitated to science and astronomy in my work has been the desire to communicate my passion for the two subjects. From an early age I was fascinated by the night sky and manned space flight. Growing up in New York City didn't offer many chances to see the stars, but visits to the Haden Planetarium and nights out at our cottage on Long Island opened the universe to me. I don't think there was ever a time when I didn't realize that the stars were other suns, other places, a...

Who am I and what do I do? Hi, my name is Simon Kregar and I am a fine artist working in Tucson, Arizona. My artistic focus is integrating my passion for science with my love of art. I am particularly interested in portraying our relationship with the universe, the human experience of becoming aware of our place and our connections to it. "That's One heck of a Big Leap" We live at an unparalleled time in human history, where science has allowed us to leave the cradle and confront the awesome reality of the cosmos. I wish to share...

This third and final installment regards the types of wood I utilize for my solar pyrography art. My main criteria for wood selection is the ability of the wood to burn; the softer the wood, the easier it burns. For this reason I work with the wood of coniferous trees. Deciduous trees take longer to burn, especially with the smallest magnifying glass. Also of importance to me is reducing my impact on the environment, thus I obtain my wood from sustainable sources, salvaging most of my material from construction waste. The most common type of wood I am able to...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.