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Nate Heck's work isn't new to Indy, but thankfully it's found a new home. Beginning Thursday (Jan. 7th) Artrageous with Nate will join the online public media outlet, PBS Digital Studios.

Heck’s website features his previously filmed interactive lessons for preteens and young adults. But now as a digital series, PBS will release a new episode of Artrageous each Thursday. They will continue to focus on artists, engineers, designers and other innovators. Heck will also take viewers on visits to art studios, museums, factories and other sites of creative ingenuity.

Nate has been teaching art and technology for 13 years. He can  also hold his own in the kitchen and on a unicycle, however, not typically in tandom. -
  • Nate has been teaching art and technology for 13 years. He can also hold his own in the kitchen and on a unicycle, however, not typically in tandom.

A former T-Com major with a master's in Education Technology, Heck understands what goes into producing educational videos. But his overwhelming passion for art, science and history are secondary to his hopes for engaging youth in the learning process. Which is why he keeps the episodes entertaining and accessible.

In his first episode that airs tomorrow, Heck will chat candidly with local artist Justin Vining. Heck hopes to inspire kids to use their natural creativity by connecting them with artists and the history and science behind their works.

“I am particularly happy about how we have been able to highlight very different aspects of the creative process,” he says.

In addition to collaborating with WFYI Productions, Heck will also partner with the Ball State University Animation Department on some of the work in his series. Meanwhile, companion teaching resources are being developed with faculty and students from the BSU College of Education.

For an in-depth look a Heck and his background, dig into the piece that Sky Blue Window contributor Chi Sherman wrote about Artrageous Nate last spring. And, in case you missed it, take a peek at the profile on Justin Vining by SBW contributor Joseph S. Pete.

For a look at Heck's previous work, check out the video SPLAT: Pollock and the Science of Paint Viscosity.

, for which he won a regional Emmy.

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