ARTplay: Making art is part of the art itself

[ 3 ] November 13, 2009 |

With your child: The six towers of this sculpture are taller than most grown-ups. They are made up of many identical open cubes stacked together. Sol LeWitt created works of art like this one by writing a set of rules or instructions that other people could follow. He said, “The idea becomes the machine that makes the art,” and he believed that the concept or idea behind a work of art is as important as the finished piece. Therefore the artist could provide the idea or instructions for the work of art and someone else could draw or build it.

Sol LeWitt Siz TowersSol Le Witt, Six Towers, 1987. Purchased in honor of Philip M. Johnston, Director of the
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1998-2003 and Helen M. Danforth Acquisition
Fund, ©Sol Le Witt Estate, Courtsey of Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Project 1: Create your own Sol LeWitt. Use a black crayon, ruler, and paper to make a drawing according to these instructions from LeWitt’s portfolio WORK FROM INSTRUCTIONS (1971):

USING A BLACK, HARD CRAYON, DRAW A TWENTY-INCH SQUARE.
DIVIDE THIS SQUARE INTO ONE-INCH SQUARES. WITHIN EACH
ONE-INCH SQUARE, DRAW NOTHING, OR DRAW A DIAGONAL
STRAIGHT LINE FROM CORNER TO CORNER OR TWO CROSSING
STRAIGHT LINES DIAGONALLY FROM CORNER TO CORNER.

Project 2: Write your own set of rules and let someone else follow the instructions to make the art.

ARTplay is a monthly column from the RISD Museum of Art in which various themes and activities introduce kids and parents to the museum’s collection both online and off. Each month, Kidoinfo will help spark your children’s interest in art, encouraging them to learn about different works at the museum. To learn more about the collection or see the art in person, visit the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, located at 20 N. Main Street, Providence, RI.

Additional inquires or requests should be directed to: Denise Bastien, Collection Information and Imaging Specialist, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI 02903. 401 454- 6528. E-mail inquires to: rightsrepro@risd.edu

Category: art, ARTplay-RISD, kids, local ri area, museums


Anisa Raoof

about the author ()

Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

Comments (3)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. calendar katy says:

    what a cool idea–whatever the phase of life is where people are super rigid and love rules & order, that’s where we are. my kids are going to love this.

  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    My son adapted this project by using a letter size notebook. He had fun making the grid and changing how he filled the squares. Great for a car trip.

  3. THis makes my non rigid and rule disliking brain hurt, my husband and daughter would love it. My sons and i would just love to knock it over!!!

Leave a Reply

Kidoinfo Kidoinfo