Art — How to Make It and Understand It

by Craig Rusbult

Here are some pages I've written about different types of art:

Musical Improvisation — Music Theory & Creativity

Musical Harmony — Music & Math (why harmony sounds good)

The Art & Science of Making Bamboo Flutes
  which is an example of using Design Method

Do-it-Yourself Juggling (how to learn the basics and more)

Ballroom Dancing (a system for learning patterns quickly)

Color Concepts (hue, saturation, brightness) Illustrated
  plus a links-page for The Science of Color

From the appendix of a tips-page for teachers of arts or sports:

        A Personal Interest in Science for Arts & Sports
        Many people think art, sport, and science are inherently interesting, and I (the editor) have found them especially fascinating.
        ARTS:  During a break between graduate studies at UW-FarWest (in Seattle) and UW-MidWest (in Madison)* I designed and made bamboo flutes and wrote a "how to make music" booklet for buyers, then held workshops on musical improvisation for the Northwest Folklife Festival, and wrote a web-page about Musical Improvisation.  Later, as a grad student at the U of Wisconsin, I was an instructor for a "Physics in the Arts" course, teaching about the Physics-and-Math of Music Theory plus Color Science and the Art & Science of Photography.    {*so far, I've done no grad studies at UW-WildWest in Laramie}
        SPORTS:  At one time I seriously considered becoming a kinesiology major in a research-oriented program at U of Washington, to study three aspects of high jumping:  biomechanical analysis (re: how much "jumping force" goes into rotation and vertical uplift, how to generate more uplift, and so on, in the early stages of a debate about "what is better, Straddle or Flop?" that eventually was won by Flop), muscle physiology (inspired by a hitchhiker who asked "why is there never a superhorse that runs twice as fast?", I asked "what limits the jumping ability of humans? is it muscle strength? muscle energetics or kinetics? or...?"), and strategies for learning & teaching physical skills (as in using mental rehearsal, and other techniques, to modify split-second, mid-air actions during a high jump);  as a part-time high jumper, I cleared 6'7" (2.0 m) but this was under-achieving (why?) because I could have, and should have, gone several inches higher.  I've been a teacher of tennis, juggling, and ballroom dancing, and also enjoy many other sports.   {more about my enthusiasm for sports as a spectator and participant}

• analogous page for Sports and Sports-Science