The Art Assignment

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Can you think outside the box? Join curator Sarah Green as she interviews some of today's most inspiring artists and offers a historical exploration behind their methods and techniques. Whether it’s transforming materials to help people look at the changing environment with new eyes, or taking classic artistic trends and adding a modern twist, The Art Assignment shows that true art can come in many shapes and sizes.

  • The Intimate, Indispensable GIF | The Art Assignment

    Artist Toyin Odutola takes a new stance on portraiture, bringing a novel and ingenous approach to the classic art technique. Through this video, learn how culture and identity can be the driving inspiration for intimate artistic creation, and how a new emerging medium—the animated GIF—can be used to reflect these classic, high-cultured ideas. See how the history of the GIF and early cinema animation reflects a significant evolution in early 20th Century portraiture.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Never Seen, Never Will | The Art Assignment

    Artist David Brooks poses the challenge to create art pieces that focus on scenes or objects that most likely won’t be seen in the duration of one’s life. He encourages artists to use their knowledge and develop a deeper connection to close and far parts of the world. Learn about the American naturalist and marine biologist, William Beebe, who inspired painters to depict the first sea creatures from the depths of the ocean. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Quietest Place | The Art Assignment

    Join artist and DJ Jace Clayton as he explores sound, memory, and technology in public spaces. By analyzing the psychology behind the noisy world of today, Clayton urges people to find the quietest place in their neighborhoods. Learn about how Clayton was inspired by John Cage’s three-movement composition 4’43” and Charles Baudelaire’s idea of modernity. Use the critical sense of hearing to appreciate the stillness hidden in the stimuli of the city.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Psychological Landscape | The Art Assignment

    Take on the assignment and create an art piece focusing on perspective and three-dimensional figures. Discover the beginning works of landscape painting, dating back to cave paintings in 3000 BCE. This historical account of one of the most widely-used artistic techniques today is described by Robyn O’Neil in her explanation of the Psychological Landscape.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What, How, Where? | The Art Assignment

    At the Service Center of Indianapolis, we're introduced to Florian Riviere and Jim Walker, two artists who compose recyclable, ordinary materials into colorful, unique pieces. Riviere and Walker have also invented a game—"What, How, Where"—which combines unusual words together and the resulting action phrase is expected to be carried out by the players. This game has a built in element of chance to encourage new experiences, and host Sarah Green highlights how chance has always been a part of the art making process, especially during the Surrealist movement in the 1920’s. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Visit an Art Museum | The Art Assignment

    Host and curator Sarah Green offers this quick summary of the rules, tricks, and tips on how to get the most out of your visit to an art museum. Learn how to ensure your trip to the gallery will be as thorough as possible; get encouraged to ask questions, take pictures, and plan your route to see as much amazing art you can!

    Grades: 6-12