June 19, 2020

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. For example, Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen transformed the story they heard about Louie, the "last" cavalry horse of Fort D.A. Russell, into a giant horseshoe memorializing his life. For today's prompt, you will illustrate a story from a loved one on the theme of change or transition.

Sometimes when we draw, how we imagined the drawing to look in our minds isn't quite how it looks on the page, or we might make a mark or add an object that maybe doesn't feel quite right. For example, when Molly was drawing her story, she decided to add a cash register; in the end, she decided she liked the drawing more without the register because it had empty space on the right side to balance out the fullness of the left side. All those moments that we are quick to call "messing up," are actually moments to grow and learn! By experimenting and taking a risk, you might discover a new way to draw an object or compose an image, or you might realize that in your next drawing you'll make something a little differently. That's all part of process and it's magical! Share your drawings with us #chinatiSSU or education@chinati.org.

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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. For example, Claes Oldenberg and Coosje van Bruggen transformed the story they heard about Louie, the "last" cavalry horse of Fort D.A. Russell, into a giant horseshoe memorializing his life. For today's prompt, you will illustrate a story from a loved one on the theme of change or transition. Sometimes when we draw, how we imagined the drawing to look in our minds isn't quite how it looks on the page, or we might make a mark or add an object that maybe doesn't feel quite right. For example, when Molly was drawing her story, she decided to add a cash register; in the end, she decided she liked the drawing more without the register because it had empty space on the right side to balance out the fullness of the left side. All those moments that we are quick to call "messing up," are actually moments to grow and learn! By experimenting and taking a risk, you might discover a new way to draw an object or compose an image, or you might realize that in your next drawing you'll make something a little differently. That's all part of process and it's magical! Share your drawings with us #chinatiSSU or education@chinati.org. #chinatifoundation #museumfromhome #chinatiedu

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Cuando nos tomamos el tiempo de escuchar, podemos aprender cosas nuevas y descubrir nuevas perspectivas. Al preguntarle a un ser querido una anécdota de su vida, puedes aprender más acerca de esa persona y de tu propia historia familiar. Contar historias informa muchos procesos artísticos. Por ejemplo Claes Oldenberg y Coosje van Bruggen escucharon la historia de Louie, el ‘último’ caballo de la caballeriza del Fort D.A Russell y la transformaron en una escultura gigante en forma de herradura para memorializar su vida. En las instrucciones de hoy, ilustradores una historia de algún ser querido en el tema de cambio y/o transición. Aveces cuando dibujamos, lo que observamos en nuestras mentes no es exactamente lo que se refleja en el papel, tal vez agregamos una marca o algún objeto que no se siente del todo bien. Por ejemplo, cuando Molly dibujaba su historia decidió agregar una caja registradora. Al final Molly decidió que le gustaba más el dibujo sin la caja registradora por que el espacio vacío en la derecha balancea el peso en el lado izquierdo. Esos momentos que sentimos son ‘desastres’ en realidad son momentos donde ¡Crecemos y aprendemos! Al experimentar y tomar riesgos puedes descubrir una forma nueva de dibujar un objeto o componer una imagen o que en tu propio dibujo te gustaria hacer las cosas un poco diferente. Todo esto es parte del proceso y es ¡Mágico! Comparte tus dibujos con nosotros usando el hashtag #chinatiSSU o por correo electronico a education@chinati.org #chinatifoundation #museumfromhome #chinatiedu

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