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 about the connections between their own ideas and the spaces they visit through drawing, sewing, collage or casting. 


Chinati Education emphasizes the importance of actively seeing. Our hands-on projects introduce the student to the importance and uniqueness of their perception and how to interpret these thoughts thorough mark making, graphic illustration and traditional drawing workshops. 

Line Making and Seeing

These workshops focus on drawing and examine the infinite quality of line. This work is innately experimental and the use of unconventional or unexpected media is encouraged and explored. What happens when you draw with wire? Can you draw with iron filings? What about drawing with your left hand or using tape to draw? Can a sculpture also be a drawing? 

Students are challenged to actively see and think about line as a voice and are urged to consider the space that a line does, and does not, occupy. 

Light Drawing

Light is everywhere and we sometimes forget the impact it holds. This simple and fun project allows students to use light as a drawing tool. It also challenges the student to think about how we privilege an idea over an object. Using long digital exposures, participants make large, loose drawings that are free of preciousness, materiality or exactitude.

Perspective Drawing

Children love to draw representationally, and they often want what they draw to look like the object they’re drawing. Perspective drawing projects investigate the concept of perspective by first drawing onto a piece of Plexiglass, then using that drawing to find and define the horizon and vanishing points. From there, the students are able to take their newly learned skills and make plein air perspective drawings as they begin to understand proportion and perspective by describing space two-dimensionally. 

Screen Printing, Monoprints, and Linoleum

The Chinati Art Lab 

Objects in Space

Chinati is fortunate to have a vastly diverse collection to inspire and challenge the young artist. Ilya Kabakov’s School no. 6 and Roni Horn’s Thing the Happen again are two unique works which to the casual observer may have little in common with each other. However, upon closer inspection, concepts of permanence, nostalgia, memory, materiality and a sense of place all inform the viewer. Using any one of Chinati’s works, students investigate and discuss aspects of that work, then return to the art lab and use cardboard, screen, plaster, concrete or found media to create fantastic three-dimensional art works. NEEDS WORK!

Concrete Furniture

In this project, students walk among Donald Judd’s 15 works in concrete, considering them from all angles and contemplating the effect space has on a viewer’s experience of an artwork. Educators dialogue with the children about the nature of space, form and the importance of placement. This discussion includes Judd’s use of an unconventional material, dispelling the preconceived notions students may have that artists only use paint, pencil, clay or other familiar, traditional media. At the Art Lab, students brainstorm to create unique molds for their individual concrete objects and reinforcements so that their objects stand. They also take into account the negative and positive spaces that they create within the work, which is only revealed when the concrete is cured, the framework removed, and the work is complete.