Chinati Summer Shake-Up 2020

This summer, the Chinati Foundation will offer free online art projects for young artists near and far. We'll focus on the process of making art every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as part of this year's Summer Shake Up.

Paint Making

The Chinati Foundation is pleased to host Marfa artist Nick Terry for a free paint-making workshop from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, January 18. This introductory workshop provides participants with the skills, materials and knowledge to make water-based paints. They'll also gain an understanding of this versatile and timeless media.

Longform Workshops

How did we get here? And what is important? These are big and lofty questions, central questions for any artist, and they are questions that have been plumbed by students who’ve participated in the sustained projects that have grown from Chinati’s ongoing and rich partnership with Marfa ISD. The Longform Workshop allows the student to think about a topic over an extended period of time. Out of town visits, guest speakers and an emphasis on critical thinking are all hallmarks of these programs, which can span several days or several months. The workshops described below originally incorporated multiple visits to Marfa ISD by Chinati educators, various visits by students to the museum and different trips to cultural sites and museums in other cities. In our experience with working with out of town districts we’ve found that many of them can be executed remotely, abridged or adapted into shorter programs.

Seeing Light and Space

With an emphasis on the works of Dan Flavin and Robert Irwin, Seeing Light and Seeing Space center on the importance of making time to actively see. The Flavin and Irwin workshops offer opportunities to notice and take account of the presence of light. Visiting students are asked to look for elements within the work that a casual observer might miss. Where does an artwork involving light begin and end? How much does the environment play a role in what is seen? Where is the art, exactly? And what is it?

Mass, Void, and Line

These workshops introduce students from elementary through high school grades to shape and form through the art and architecture of Donald Judd, and Chinati’s collection. Students are encouraged to think [read more]