Jean Constant is past professor of Visual Communication and Media Technology and resides in New Mexico. As an artist, he has been actively involved for many years in Science and Art collaborative projects, particularly in the field of mathematics and art. The following is a series of mathematical objects set on a background of images from the planet Mars taken by the HIRISE experiment. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HIRISE) is a project of the University of Arizona, Tucson. A HIRISE camera is flying on-board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission, investigates deposits and landforms resulting from geologic and...

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, Courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York To me, any time I spend painting is a happy time, but any time spent painting outdoors is simply wonderful. If you are an artist, then you probably know that painting outside is called “en plein air” (from French meaning “in the open air”) and is a style of painting that has been enjoyed by artists for centuries. Many masterpieces have been created outdoors by many luminaries of history, including Albert Beirstadt, Thomas Cole, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh. The tradition of painting en...

Like any other form of artistic creation, Space Art is about creating a work of art that elicits a response from a viewer, only the topic of the creation is space. My personal method of creating art is two dimensional visual imagery, more commonly called “painting.” As discussed in the last posting, there are several sub-genres of Space Art and my preferences lie in creating images that are Descriptive Realism or Cosmic Expressionism. In this article I will describe the methods of how I and many other members of the IAAA go about creating a Space Art work of Descriptive...

AWB AstroArts Project chair, Daniela De Paulis in a conversation with Jon Ramer, President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). How did you get interested in Space Art? What was your first encounter with it? My interest in space came about as a child when my father was stationed in Florida and I got to see some of the Apollo moon launches in person. I remember the awe at the whole world shaking from the sound of a Saturn V booster going up. I thought rockets were pretty cool before that, but afterwards I was obsessed! I quickly...

AWB AstroArts Project chair, Daniela De Paulis in a conversation with Jancy McPhee, Director of the Humans in Space Youth Art Competition , an international project to inspire youth to think about and creatively communicate what they believe is the future of human spaceflight and why it is important. How did the idea for the competition start? The competition idea began from a convergence of several things back in 2009. First, I had just taken “innovation” training; so, I was actively trying to keep my mind open to my own seemingly “crazy” ideas. Second, morale in the US space program...

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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.