Art-Making Activities

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Art-Making Activities

Crawling the walls at home? Try a few of these art-making activities inspired by CAG’s current exhibitions, The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom and Ingrid Koenig’s Navigating the Uncertainty Principle

Each activity is written as a set of suggestions for families and individuals to explore each artists’ practice through making. Suggested materials can be found at home but we encourage you to interpret and expand your creations to include materials of all kinds. 

In particular, The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom considers how artistic practices can be carved out of unlikely times and spaces, and how constraints lead to inventive ways of making. Do us one better and show us where you can take each activity! 


Text Explorations

Create a detailed artwork out of a phrase or song lyric inspired by Brady Cranfield’s drawing practice, exploring what the words mean to you.

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Collaborative Sculpture

Work collaboratively with others to create a sculptural installation inspired by Leisure’s Conversations with Magic Forms (2017), exploring relationships between objects, volume, shape, light and colour.

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Drawing Exchange

Work with a partner to create a copy of each other’s artwork inspired by Claire Greenshaw’s Zeuxis Can Eat Me (2016) and oo (2014), two large scale drawings that explore how fundamental drawing and mark-making is for humans to understand the world.

 

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Create a Photo Story

Use a camera to create a story about an overlooked place in your home inspired by Annie MacDonell’s Book of Hours (2019), a video exploring the artistic possibilities of under-recognized sites with footage shot in the family home.

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30 Second Sculpture

Create your own 30 second sculpture using objects from around the house inspired by Steven Brekelmans’ The Gift / The Climb / The Curse (Billiard Table) (2020), a sculptural installation that explores ideas of value and labour.

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Everyday Choreography

Explore movement and create a written dance score inspired by Justine A. Chambers’ And then this also (2020), a performance and written score inspired from Chambers’ everyday experiences of being a working artist and mother.

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Mapping Forces

Try a gesture drawing to explore the act of drawing as an event and process inspired by Ingrid Koenig’s Convection (2007), which explores the visual diagrams that scientists use to describe the complex phenomena of physics.

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Weave a Picture

Make your own woven picture using found materials inspired by Damla Tamer’s Divination Objects (2019-2020), which weaves together cut-apart ink drawings with strips of typed words taken from her teaching evaluations.

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Self Portrait as a Pot

Create a pot that represents you on the outside and inside, inspired by Maura Doyle’s Pot Experiments (2014-2019) that considers the ceramic form as a mode of self-portraiture.

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