Thursday, March 5, 2015

Beautiful Dreams Made Real

"Airplanes are beautiful dreams. Engineers turn dreams into reality."  from The Wind Rises by Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki's final film, he's retired, is an enchanting meditation on science, art, and the impermanence of life. While I prefer his films that are not based in reality, like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, The Wind Rises is a fitting end to a brilliant career.  The scenery is always stunning in his animations. You feel as if you are inside of a painting. There are many great allegories within this film and I would like to see it again, just to write some of the quotes. It is a marvelous film for STEAM with the exception of the fact that the main character smokes on par with Dom Draper. 

The Wind Rises demonstrated within the story that every great scientist requires the imagination and heart of an artist. The telling of it proved the opposite, every great artist depends upon the mind and mastery of a scientist. The birth of visions comes from the marriage of both. 

At one point in the film, Caproni tells young Jiro Horikoshi that "Inspiration unlocks the future. Technology catches up." I humbly offer these resources in the hopes that they spark the imagination of your scientists, the mastery of your artists. 

Art Integration Padlet ( GPA's own resource and lesson plan sharing board)

Most helpful Weblinks I've come across so far:

If you are looking for research to support Art Integration Check out ArtsEdSearch

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