Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford conceived Open Studio, the inaugural project of the Getty Artists Program, for a target audience of K–12 teachers, with the goal of making contemporary arts education accessible to teachers and classrooms across the nation and around the world. Authored by noted international artists, Open Studio is a collection of art-making activities that presents the unique perspectives of practicing artists. Each activity is presented as a free, downloadable PDF that includes an artmaking prompt, an artist biography, and images of the artist and works of art by the artist. As with all other teacher resources the J. Paul Getty Museum presents online, Open Studio addresses select national and California visual arts content standards.
These activities all address the following:
- California Visual Arts Content Standards for Creative Expression 2.0
- National Content Standard: 1
This project was originally conceived by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford as part of the Getty Artists Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum and has since expanded to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Aspen Art Museum.
Open Studio aims to make contemporary arts education accessible to teachers and classrooms across the nation and around the world. Mark Bradford explains his inspiration for the project in the video above.