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The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Green. We take you around the U.S. to meet working artists and solicit assignments from them that we can all complete.

Make a Book with Meat (or other atypical materials)

5m 28s

Artist and designer Ben Denzer shares an assignment to make an ATYPICAL BOOK. He’s made books from meat, toilet paper, ketchup packets, and lottery tickets, among much else. Your challenge: 1) Make a book that is atypical in terms of its form or material + 2) Share it on Instagram or Twitter with #youareanartist.

Episodes

  • Make a Book with Meat (or other atypical materials): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Make a Book with Meat (or other atypical materials)

    S6 E32 - 5m 28s

    Artist and designer Ben Denzer shares an assignment to make an ATYPICAL BOOK. He’s made books from meat, toilet paper, ketchup packets, and lottery tickets, among much else. Your challenge: 1) Make a book that is atypical in terms of its form or material + 2) Share it on Instagram or Twitter with #youareanartist.

  • The Definition of Art: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Definition of Art

    S6 E31 - 13m 4s

    What is art? How do we define art? In this episode, we explore some of the many ways that artists and writers and thinkers have defined and understood this thing we call art.

  • Art That Was Never Finished: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Art That Was Never Finished

    S6 E29 - 9m 32s

    Artists have abandoned artworks for many reasons throughout history. Guest host John Green shares some of his favorite unfinished artworks and explains why they resonate with him so deeply. Featuring work by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Edgar Degas, Alice Neel, Kerry James Marshall, and very many presidential portraits.

  • Make a Cut-Out with Cécile McLorin Salvant: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Make a Cut-Out with Cécile McLorin Salvant

    S6 E28 - 6m 50s

    Cécile McLorin Salvant is a visual artist and Grammy Award-winning jazz singer, and she shares with us an art assignment on creating your own Theme and Variation Cut-Out.

  • Art Made in Adversity: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Art Made in Adversity

    S6 E27 - 6m 14s

    Artist and educator Allison Smith shares her thoughts and library of books about art made in adverse circumstances. Featured are Vladimir Arkhipov's project Home-Made, archiving Russian artifacts made during Perestroika, and Trench Art, or art and objects made during armed conflict, highlighting works from Trench Art: An Illustrated History by Jane A Kimball.

  • Art That Brings Me Comfort: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Art That Brings Me Comfort

    S6 E26 - 11m 38s

    What art that brings you comfort right now? What art do you want to be thinking about? In this episode, we make a book of art by Alec Soth, Miyoko Ito, Giorgio Morandi, Vija Celmins, Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, and Wayne Thiebaud.

  • Creativity is Overrated: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Creativity is Overrated

    S6 E25 - 9m 55s

    You don't need to be creative or inspired to make art, but you may need the advice of artists, and perhaps a prompt!

  • What This Painting Tells Us About Frida Kahlo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What This Painting Tells Us About Frida Kahlo

    S6 E24 - 9m 26s

    The artist Frida Kahlo is a larger-than-life icon, known for the masterful self-portraits she made during her turbulent life (1907 - 1954). We take a close look at her painting The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas), and consider what it tells us (and doesn't) about her as a person and her wider body of work.

  • What Makes a Masterpiece?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What Makes a Masterpiece?

    S6 E23 - 12m 35s

    What do we mean when we call an artwork a MASTERPIECE? Who decides which art becomes one? And what artists make them?

  • The Case for Video Games: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Case for Video Games

    S6 E22 - 12m 45s

    Video Games are fun, but are they art? Heck yes. We explore the history and present of video games and what sets them apart as a means of artistic expression.

  • Art Therapize Yourself: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Art Therapize Yourself

    S6 E21 - 12m 1s

    What is Art Therapy? How can you use aspects of it in your next art encounter? We explore these questions at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art with art therapist Lauren Daugherty.

  • Why Is This Woman in the Jungle?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Is This Woman in the Jungle?

    S6 E20 - 12m

    Artist Henri Rousseau painted The Dream in 1910, and its imagery of a woman lounging on a sofa in the middle of a jungle was as surreal then as it is today. What is it about this artwork that captivated audiences then and now?

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