sive tools for designing and other forms of creative
expression. Different media such as charcoal, felt tips,
watercolors, and crayons can be used individually, or
blended to create limitless effects. The program contains an interface for each learning level: basic, junior,
and advanced. The basic level contains a clean interface with fewer tools, while the junior and advanced
levels contain more tools and image manipulation
features. CoreFX also contains an animation feature,
allowing users to create frames to animate their drawings or paintings. This program is recommended for
students of all levels.
—Cindy Hasio is a Ph.D. student and teaching fellow from
the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
Seattle Art Museum Conservation Studios
Museum conservation studios provide a rarely seen
glimpse into a mysterious world that merges art history, science, materials, and artists’ techniques. Two
excellent interactive features from the Seattle Art
Museum introduce the world of conservation to the
The Conservator’s Studio ( www.seattleartmuseum.
org/exhibit/interactives/mexicanModernism/con-servationWin.htm) focuses on the methods used to
examine four works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
A “toolbox” explains relevant terms, including raking light, pentimento, transmitted light, reverse view,
infrared light, and medium. Each term is defined with
a short description and is illustrated by an animated
sequence. The four paintings can be explored through
details that focus on each technique as it is specifically applied to that artwork.
The Deer Scroll ( www.seattleartmuseum.org/
exhibit/interactives/deerscroll/ sam_deer.htm) is a
virtual re-creation of a Japanese handscroll from the
early seventeenth century that was cut into pieces.
The seventy-two-foot-long scroll was created by
two noted Japanese artists, with images of deer and
autumn-themed poems. The scroll can be explored by
moving the mouse to “unroll” it from right to left, and
a translation of each poem appears. The conservation
work undertaken to repair the scroll is featured with
before and after images. A PDF document with more
information also can be downloaded.
— Rebecca Arkenberg is a museum consultant from
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