The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
This monthlong program for kids at the 5–8 grade level is held weekly at the Aspen Art Museum. Taking place after school most Tuesdays from 3:30–5 p.m., these open-choice workshops provide the creative room for kids to explore who they are through individual and collaborative projects and art. Led by museum educators and teaching artists, participants have direct access to contemporary artists, artworks, and themes.
Go outside and look around. Find two items that interest you. One should be small and able to fit in your hands. The other should be very big, so that your whole body could fit inside of it.
Choose a friend that you would like to draw or use yourself.
Draw the small item very large and your friend very small. For example, imagine if your friend, who is now very small, could climb inside or on top of a shoe.
Now draw the large item very small and your friend very large. For example, if you are using a tree, draw your friend holding the tree in her hands.
About the Artist
Anna Sew Hoy was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1976, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Bard College. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice originates in ceramics and explores material transformations in form, function, and relationships.
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.