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Penn State Booth to Highlight the Art of Science at Arts Festival

Aaron Knochel with Scribblebots

Penn State will highlight the art of science and the science of art at a booth at this summer’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The booth, The Art of Discovery, will bring Penn State faculty, staff, and graduate students together to spotlight the intersection of art and science with educational workshops and hands-on demonstrations on 3-D printing, artistic robots, 360-degree virtual reality technology, painting with natural pigments and more.

Aaron Knochel, an assistant professor of art education at Penn State, will conduct a scribble-bot workshop on Friday, July 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University's Art of Discovery booth at the 2017 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Knochel will showcase hand-built scribble-bots — miniature robots that draw — that are made out of everyday objects like rubber bands, strawberry baskets and markers. Workshop participants can watch a robot draw and build one themselves.

The booth will be located next to the Willard Building on campus and will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13, through Saturday, July 15. Each morning and afternoon will feature art-meets-science demonstrations by Penn State educators showcasing their crafts.

Festival visitors of all ages are invited to stop by the booth to watch and participate in the free demonstrations and learn about the impact Penn Staters are having on the arts and the world. Visitors also will be encouraged to share their favorite Arts Festival memories via video on Penn State social media channels.

“There are so many connections between the arts and sciences, and I hope this booth will help showcase some of the really interesting and impactful projects in the works at the University that are blending these subjects,” said Heather McCune Bruhn, instructor in art history in the College of Arts and Architecture, who will host a painting workshop at the booth. “I believe that good scholarship and investigation cross the lines among disciplines. For example, the workshop I’m leading will touch on art and history by highlighting how ochre, a natural pigment, was the first paint ever used by humans for Paleolithic cave paintings.”

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