What’s Art Anyway?
Art has been an integral part of culture and the human experience for centuries. The oldest cave painting made by a Neanderthal dates back 64,000 years! And the truth is, art can be just about anything. That's part of what makes it great—and what makes it so hard to understand sometimes (remember that artist who taped a banana to the wall? And remember the other one who ate it??).
Today we'll take a blazing-fast tour of art history and explore what makes art, art. You'll visit some of the world's most amazing museums, put some sound-art into motion on your own, and try your hand at recreating a masterpiece, right from your own home. (Just don't ask your parents for duct tape and a banana. It'll only make them nervous.)
Ask About Today
What masterpiece did you recreate for the Getty Museum challenge? Why did that piece stand out to you?
Often, artists make art about what is going on in the world around them. If you were to make art about what's happening in our world now, what would it be about? What would it look like?
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A quick dip into art history, with no grumpy museum guards.
What Is Art?
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A (Very) Brief History of Art
From cave painting to contemporary art in less than three minutes. Hold onto your paintbrushes, people.
African Art in Focus
Artists from Africa, Asia, and indigenous cultures too often get left out of the "history" of art, even though they have shaped the evolution of art in powerful ways. In this video, you'll take a visual journey through the history of African art and see how it continues to influence the art world today.
Five World-Changing Women Artists
Meet Yayoi Kusama, Barbara Hepworth, Sonia Boyce and Dayanita Singh—five inspiring women whose work has reshaped the art world.
Art is about color, composition, lighting, materials, and more. Today you'll get a feel for it by recreating a masterpiece, right at home.
Pick Your Artwork
Find a piece of artwork on the Met Kids page with the time machine. Search by location, time, or idea. When you’ve found one, think about objects and items you could use to recreate it. Is it a portrait with an animal? Take a selfie with a stuffed animal or pet! Love Van Gogh's Starry Night? Use beads, Legos, or jelly beans to make your own! If they're around and have time, your family can join, too. Think about the colors, clothing, and lighting you see.
Create Your Version and Snap a Photo
When you've got your version of the artwork just the way you want it, snap a photo (you may need a grownup's help if you're part of the art). Can your family guess what you recreated? What similarities and differences can they spot?
Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email your artwork to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
Art doesn't just hang on a wall, you know.
Get Moving in a Sound Suit
Nick Cave is a famous artist who makes "Sound Suits." These suits are costumes made of materials, often found objects, that pack a visual punch and make noise when they move. Notice how he combines art, dance and sound with these unique and beautiful costumes. Can you find things to wear or hold while you dance to a song that inspires you? Check out this short video of the Sound Suit performance "Invasion at the School" for inspiration.