May 19, 2020

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!

This summer, the Chinati Foundation will offer free online art projects for Marfa students. We'll focus on the process of making art every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as part of this year's Summer Shake Up. Each day of the program, Chinati will provide clear, easy-to-understand written prompts and photo examples to help young artists explore their imaginations. Most of these exercises can be done in a composition notebook Chinati will provide. (Pre-K and first graders will use materials from the Chinati brown bag handed out at school.)

Everyone who makes art will be encouraged to share digital images from  their journals, by sending photos to or via Instagram at #ChinatiSSU. We'll repost those pictures on our Instagram page (@ChinatiEdu) and also publish them in a 'zine later this summer.

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For students entering 2nd-8th grades: journals and markers will be handed out from 9-10am on Thursday, May 28 at school. Supplies are limited. In addition, a Chinati staff member will be at the school pickup site on Mondays to hand out hard copies of art prompts. They can also answer any questions you might have.

Depending on best health and safety practices, we might even have a pop-up, in person project at some point this summer.

We can't wait to see what you make!