Open Studio: Artist-Designed Classroom Activities

Overview

 
Mark Bradford explains the motivations behind Open Studio.

A continuation of the Open Studio project Mark Bradford initiated at the J. Paul Getty Museum, these activities aim to connect high school teachers and students with the ideas and inspirations of leading contemporary artists. The Aspen Art Museum has also extended this project with more artist-designed activities.

The assignments below were designed by Zarouhie Abdalian, John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Janet Cardiff, Alejandro Cartagena, Kota Ezawa, Josh Faught, Teresita Fernández, Amy Franceschini, Charles Garoian, Robert Gober, Chris Johanson, Ben Kinmont, Andrew Kudless, Hung Liu, Alec Soth, Jessica Stockholder, Yvonne Venegas, and David Wilson. Check back for more in the coming months! Each activity can be viewed online and is also accessible for download as a Word or PDF document.

Activities

Zarouhie Abdalian: Proposal for a site

Zarouhie Abdalian: Proposal for a site

In this activity students will explore the process of developing an art installation.

John Baldessari: List of Ideas (If they had no ideas of their own from which to make a piece)

John Baldessari: List of Ideas (If they had no ideas of their own from which to make a piece)

In this activity students will explore several classroom art-making ideas.

Mark Bradford: RE-RE-Process: Re-creating the familiar

Mark Bradford: RE-RE-Process: Re-creating the familiar

In this three-part assignment, Bradford encourages students to explore their relationships with the world around them.

Janet Cardiff: Portraits of Sound

Janet Cardiff: Portraits of Sound

This assignment asks you to focus on the sounds around you, consider how they make you feel, and explore ways of using art to represent them.

Alejandro Cartagena: We are the space we live in

Alejandro Cartagena: We are the space we live in

This series of assignments brings students to visually understand how architectural space informs a culture.

Kota Ezawa: The Burghers of Calais — a video sculpture

Kota Ezawa: The Burghers of Calais — a video sculpture

In this activity students re-create a well-known artwork by Auguste Rodin as a performance and video sculpture.

Josh Faught: Live to Tell: The Survival Kit Project

Josh Faught: Live to Tell: The Survival Kit Project

In this activity students construct their own personal survival kits and consider the contents within them.

Teresita Fernández: Inventing Places

Teresita Fernández: Inventing Places

This series of assignments prompt students to generate abstracted places.

Amy Franceschini: Superhero

Amy Franceschini: Superhero

In this activity students will create individual superheroes who will work together to achieve a common good.

Charles Garoian

Charles Garoian: Art as Exploration, Experimentation, and Improvisation

In this project Charles Garoian presents several classroom micro-performance ideas.

Robert Gober: What Is That?

Robert Gober: What Is That?

In this project students create sculptures based on everyday objects.

Chris Johanson: How About This Way of Creating a Project? (Did you notice I didn't tell you it had to be this way?)

Chris Johanson: How About This Way of Creating a Project? (Did you notice I didn't tell you it had to be this way?)

In this activity students will create a Venn Diagram to pictorially express their thoughts and life.

Ben Kinmont: On becoming something else (a multiple)

Ben Kinmont: On becoming something else (a multiple)

In this project students will create a box of multiples about the idea of becoming something else.

Andrew Kudless: Abstract Ecologies

Andrew Kudless: Abstract Ecologies

For this assignment students will study nature and create an artwork inspired by abstracting the patterns, processes, and materials of a natural object of their choice.

Hung Liu: Look, Record, Explore

Hung Liu: Look, Record, Explore

For this assignment students will look closely at the world around them and use drawing and photography to visualize new perspectives.

Alec Soth: Treasure Hunt

Alec Soth: Treasure Hunt

For this assignment students will go on a photography treasure hunt.

Jessica Stockholder: Where Does Art Come From?

Jessica Stockholder: Where Does Art Come From?

For this assignment students will create an artwork out of ordinary objects.

Yvonne Venegas: Seeing, Not Seeing, and Talking About Pictures

Yvonne Venegas: Seeing, Not Seeing, and Talking About Pictures

This exercise involves will as much as it involves photography (there is more need for will in photography than we sometimes imagine). It is also an exercise in looking at photographs.

David Wilson: Artist Correspondence

David Wilson: Artist Correspondence

In this project students will create a custom edition of envelopes and take part in a mail correspondence with David Wilson.