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Does art have to tell a story? Can artwork be a simple line or a single word? Or perhaps art is a bunch of complex thoughts and marks or even sounds? Chinati wants to know! The Chinati Foundation will post new content every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout Camp Summer Shakeup.

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Exploring Taste and Smell

Exploring Taste and Smell

How might you describe the taste of salt or the scent of fresh lemons? How do these sensory experiences come into play when making art? This week we are thinking about the process of exploring in art.

Listening to Stories

Listening to Stories

When we take the time to listen, we can learn new things and discover new perspectives. By asking a loved one to tell you a story from their life, you can learn more about them as a person, as well as about your own family history. Storytelling informs many artist's making processes.

Sharing Sound

Sharing Sound

Today, it's your turn to record your own sounds! Select five of your favorite recordings, share them with us at education@chinati.org and we'll stitch them together with all our submissions.

Active Sound

Active Sound

Today, we have created a soundtrack of many sounds, from crowds cheering at a sports game to a fog horn bellowing out to ships at sea. What are the different ways your body reacts to these sounds and is moved to... MOVE?

The Beauty of Space

The Beauty of Space

Sometimes what makes a scene, a room, or a landscape beautiful is the space between the physical entities within that place. Today, we are drawing these spaces, known as the negative space, in our notebooks. How can you transform these drawings into an entire composition?

Observing Our Surroundings

Observing Our Surroundings

How can making art help us to see with heightened clarity and care for our surroundings? When we observe our surroundings while drawing, we make decisions about how to translate what we see onto the page.

What is Process?

What is Process?

This summer, we are exploring the idea of process in art. What is process, you ask? We made a short video to help answer this question. Do you have an artistic process? What do you do before, during, and after you make a work of art? We'd love to hear about your process in the comments below!

Drawing is a Way of Seeing

Drawing is a Way of Seeing

Drawing can help us to be stronger observers—and taking the time to really look at something will help us see the richness that exists in every person, place or thing.

Sketchbook Tutorial

Sketchbook Tutorial

Not to worry if you don't already have a sketchbook at home! Our Education Intern, and all around fantastic educator, Pearl, made this video tutorial on how to make your own sketchbook from paper you have at the house.

Story Time with Pearl

Story Time with Pearl

Join Pearl in entering the world of Roxaboxen, a town built by kids, and learn how to make buildings to go in your own imaginary town! Artmaking prompts to follow this post on IGTV.

"We Are In a Book" with Molly

"We Are In a Book" with Molly

Today we're excited to share another favorite book: "We Are in a Book!" by Mo Willems. Follow along as Gerald the Elephant and Piggie discover that they are characters in a book and we are reading their story. Then grab some paper and drawing materials!

Story Time & Collage with Chinati

Story Time & Collage with Chinati

Today we are excited to share one of our favorite books, Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni. And fter watching Michael read Little Blue and Little Yellow, create a collage that tells a story!

What Makes Art, Art?

What Makes Art, Art?

What goes into making a work of art? What makes it art? Does it have to tell a story? Can artwork be a simple line or a single word? Or perhaps art is a bunch of complex thoughts and marks or even sounds? Chinati wants to know!