Education, J. Paul Getty Museum

Online Art Activities Designed by Artists

Texting a story, talking with pictures, taking a color tour, mapping a lunchroom: these are some of the activities included in a new set of online materials for K–12 teachers and their students. Open Studio: A Collection of Art-Making Activities by Artists is an exciting project conceived by Los Angeles–based artist and MacArthur Fellow Mark Bradford. Over a year ago the Museum extended an invitation to Mark to be the first artist in the Getty Artists Program. Through this open-ended program an artist can select the focus and audience, as well as the other key aspects of a project or series of projects.

Mark agreed to consider the invitation, but wanted to discuss it. I knew of Mark’s engagement with community and his interest in opportunities for teens, so I was surprised when he announced that he’d identified his audience of interest as K–12 teachers. As he explained, after speaking at a conference of art educators in 2009 he’d been thinking about his own experience in grade school and then in art school. He wondered how to provide the art-making experiences he’d had at CalArts to younger students earlier in their education.

With Mark, the Museum asked some of the world’s most noted contemporary artists to share art-making activities based on their own inspirations or approaches: Kerry James Marshall, Xu Bing, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jon Cattapan, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, Graciela Iturbide, Kara Walker, Michael Joo, and Carrie Mae Weems all contributed to the collection. The activities are as diverse as the artists who developed them; some are more like suggestions, others offer detailed instructions.

Open Studio complements the materials the Museum currently offers online to teachers, all of which are aligned to national and California state standards. Those curricula, in-depth and sequential, focus on objects in the Getty’s collection. The materials in Open Studio, inspired by the artists’ own practices, create a dynamic balance in the free resources we offer to educators across the country and around the world.
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      The Queen Who Wasn’t

      Louis XIV clandestinely wed his mistress, Madame de Maintenon, at Versailles on October 9 or 10, 1683. The marriage was much gossiped about but never openly acknowledged. She was never queen.

      Madame de Maintenon had been the {judgy} governess to Louis XIV’s children by his previous mistress, Madame de Montespan. Louis gave these children moneyed titles—such as the comte de Toulouse, who ordered the tapestries shown here for his residence outside Paris.

      Louis’s secret marriage ushered in a period of religious fervor, in sharp contrast to the light-hearted character of his early reign. Madame de Maintenon was known for her Catholic piety, and founded a school for the education of impoverished noble girls at Saint-Cyr in 1686 that stayed in operation until 1793. This engraving of the Virgin and Child was dedicated to her by the king.

      Virgin and Child, late 1600s, Jean-Louis Roullet after Pierre Mignard; Johann Ulrich Stapf, engraver. The Getty Research Institute. Tapestries from the Emperor of China series. The J. Paul Getty Museum


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