Arts

Arts give us a way to explore our lives and the lives of others, whether it's on canvas, on-stage or on a page.


Looking to turn your fear into power and walk across hot coals? The BrainStuff crew fills you in on the fiery science behind the feat.

Turkish artist uses ancient technique to make beautiful liquid pictures. Vincent would be proud.

If you love comic books, this is a good time to be alive. And now there's no shortage of options for getting them in your hands or on your device.

Could the newly released app mean that the next artistic masterpiece of the 21st century will be a downloadable, immersive and interactive VR experience?

Way before comic books ever entered the picture, there was a band of Chinese brothers. Seven of them, in fact, each with their own magical power.

Long-running comic book characters come to be seen as iconic by fans. How does artist Brian Stelfreeze think of a figure like Black Panther as he creates a visual story?

Rembrandt may not be able to create his masterful paintings anymore, but computers can.

When the world's finest superheroes quarrel, it affects us all. What's caused the Caped Crusader and the Big Blue Boy Scout to face off in the past?

Since DC Comics's "New 52" reboot, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been the creative minds captaining the Bat-ship. With issue 51, that streak comes to an end.

You like comics? We have suggestions, courtesy of the upcoming Dwayne McDuffie Award, and they feature way more than just dudes in capes and tights.

HowStuffWorks Now talks to the artists behind the wildly popular books and wonders if the future could hold an "Anarchist Coloring Book."

All 11 of the circus's touring elephants are headed for a Florida retirement in May.

The circus can provide great fun and entertainment, but occasionally serious tragedies occur under the big top. These disasters were nothing short of catastrophic.

Circuses are largely about the awesome animals, but have you ever thought deeper about their history within the industry?

Circus acts may seem effortless, but that's because lot goes on behind the scenes to ensure the performers' safety. These precautions help make the circus as magical and wondrous as ever.

The idea of a "traditional" circus may seem weird, but over the years we've certainly seen innovation within the industry. Not all circuses rely on clowns and elephants to keep their offbeat audiences intrigued.

The circus is an institution steeped in a tradition of stunning feats and amazing animals. While some circus acts have fallen by the wayside, these are in the ring for the long haul.

Some sideshow performers were such a hit that they became regular celebrities. These five entertainers used their conditions to their advantage and reached sideshow superstardom.

In the sideshows of yore, people with rare medical conditions took to the stage to display their bodies to ogling spectators. Their disabilities were touted as amazing "oddities," but what's the real science behind the show?

We're a lot more respectful of disabilities and medical conditions nowadays, but once upon a time they were much more widely exploited for entertainment and profit. Check out these 10 bizarre circus sideshows!

Yes, the circus gets weirder than clowns cramming in tiny cars and aerialists hanging by their hair. Delve into the bizarre history of the Big Top.

Thought circus acts couldn't get more daring than fire-breathing? Guess again. Death-defying stunts are all in a day's work for some circus performers.

We're all told as children that reading opens our horizons and helps us learn, but does "Harry Potter" expand young minds more than your average kids' book?

Magic's about making the impossible possible, but for these magicians the impossible remained out of reach – sometimes with deadly results.

Daredevils testing the laws of physics and the outer limits of bikes and bodies. That's what the Globe of Death act is all about. It's a breathtaking performance, no doubt; but how do they do that?