Paper Monument, the arts journal that brought you the cheeky but amazingly useful pamphlet, I like your work: art and etiquette, has now published Draw it with your eyes closed: the art of the art assignment, a 128 page paperback with assignments, essays and anecdotes from over 85 artists, including John Baldessari, Dana Hoey, William Pope.L, Amy Sillman, and Paul Thek, whose “Teaching Notes” served as inspiration for the publication.
“Take an 18 x 24 inch piece of paper and make a drawing using nothing but your car.” — Heather Heart
“Take a color walk. Give yourself at least one hour of uninterrupted time. Do not plan your walk in advance or combine it with other activities (commuting, shopping, etc.). Try not to talk or interact with other people during this time. You will not need to bring a cell phone, journal, camera, or iPod. You will not be graded or evaluated on your color walk.
You can begin your color walk anywhere. Let color be your guide. Allow yourself to become sensitized to the color in your surroundings. As you walk try to construct a color story or a narrative based on color you observe. What are the colors that you become aware of first? What are the colors that reveal themselves more slowly? What colors do you observe that you did not expect? What color relationships do you notice? Do colors appear to change over time? We will discuss the color walks in our next class.” –Munro Galloway
“Go into your studio. Using all of the clothes you are wearing, make a work of art. Leave the studio naked.” –Anonymous
“The course RECONSTRUCTION has three assignments, to be completed in any order over the course of the semester:
a. Take something apart.
b. Make something out of something else and donate it to a thrift store.
c. Make something and bury it.” — Helen Mirra