This week the teens were introduced to Shelby David Meier, the artist who will lead the program for the next four classes. Shelby is a recent graduate of TCU and currently based in Fort Worth. He started the class with an introduction to his life and work. He is a conceptual sculptor and was a collaborator in the Fort Worth–based artist collective Homecoming Committee.
T/AP’s fifth visiting artist is Brooklyn- and Dallas-based painter, educator, and writer Michelle Mackey. She is a very accomplished artist with a wide perspective.
Today began in the classroom where students were immediately given a sixteen-by-twenty-inch wooden panel. Students were supplied with a variety of shades of yellow paint and large brushes and were asked to paint a wash over the entire panel.
This week, the Teen/Artist Project was visited by Dallas-based Arthur Peña.
Our fourth and final day with Carlos Donjuan was a very special one. After experiencing the surprising effects of Kenny Scharf’s “Karbombz!” on several people’s vehicles when the artist was in town in October, the teens realized the potential of adorning everyday objects with creative expression—creating a work of art that interacts with the real world.
This week, Carlos began class with a presentation in the lecture room. The focus of his talk was the work of his collective, SOUR GRAPES. Over the last couple of years, Carlos and the SOUR GRAPES crew have been awarded the opportunity to paint several large-scale public murals in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
This week, the teens were introduced to artist, professor, and SOUR GRAPES member Carlos Donjuan, who will work with the students for the next four classes. Carlos lives in Dallas and teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally, and it is an honor to have him as our visiting artist this season.
This week was our last class with visiting artist Randy Guthmiller. He has been such a great instructor for us as his energy is high, he is well informed about the works in the collection, and he is a lot of fun!
Class began with the students cutting their drawn shape from last class out of pink insulation foam. Randy made sure to demonstrate proper technique before the students used their box cutters.
The past two sessions with visiting artist Randy Guthmiller primarily focused on the practice of other artists, most of whom are in the current exhibition Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. This Sunday, Randy focused on his own work and created a lesson that relates to his current creative pursuits.
Artist Randy Guthmiller began T/AP this week by sharing his experience at Zine Fest Houston. Randy introduced the students to zines—small circulation, self-published works of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier—and brought several zines he traded at the event to share with class. Then he introduced the next project: a group zine!
The Modern’s 2014–2015 Teen/Artist Project has begun, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! This year's T/AP program features a line-up of very talented visiting artists, all with interesting takes on the exhibitions the Modern will offer over the year. The first artist the program will work with is the Dallas-based Randy Guthmiller. This is a very special occasion because Randy is both a former T/AP student and intern. It’s great to welcome Randy back to the Modern.
Sadly, this Sunday was the last class of the 2013–2014 Teen/Artist Project. The class started with a surprise pizza delivery. After casually chatting over pizza, the teens were tasked with creating a 24” x 36” painting on canvas. The students’ work could deal with any subject matter that they wanted, and they could apply paint to the canvas in any fashion. Matthew was really interested in giving the students freedom but making sure that they were applying some of the techniques learned in previous classes.
This Sunday, the teens had an opportunity to work with Dallas-based artist Andrew Blanton. Andrew recently earned his MFA in New Media from the University of North Texas and currently teaches at UT Dallas and SMU. Andrew began class with a brief presentation about his work, which he describes as transdisciplinary, meaning that he works in many different fields at the same time. He comes from a family of engineers and was trained in classical percussion.
For Mathew Bourbon’s second class with the T/AP, the students were tasked with another painting assignment. The teens’ homework from last class was to bring one visual resource from home—it could be anything they are interested in. Once we spoke about the students’ images, they were given more free time in the galleries to collect information. Limiting themselves to the David Bates exhibition, each student had to choose one element that they liked about his paintings; it could be the color, the marks, the texture, the composition, or any other element that caught their attention.