Posted by TAP on January 8, 2015 - 3:23pm

This week, the teens were introduced to artist, professor, and SOUR GRAPES member Carlos Donjuan, who will work with the students for the next four classes. Carlos lives in Dallas and teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally, and it is an honor to have him as our visiting artist this season.

Posted by TAP on December 9, 2014 - 4:18pm

This week was our last class with visiting artist Randy Guthmiller. He has been such a great instructor for us as his energy is high, he is well informed about the works in the collection, and he is a lot of fun!

Class began with the students cutting their drawn shape from last class out of pink insulation foam. Randy made sure to demonstrate proper technique before the students used their box cutters.

Posted by TAP on December 3, 2014 - 11:19am

Posted by TAP on November 26, 2014 - 10:17am

The past two sessions with visiting artist Randy Guthmiller primarily focused on the practice of other artists, most of whom are in the current exhibition Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. This Sunday, Randy focused on his own work and created a lesson that relates to his current creative pursuits.

Posted by TAP on November 25, 2014 - 4:47pm

Artist Randy Guthmiller began T/AP this week by sharing his experience at Zine Fest Houston. Randy introduced the students to zines—small circulation, self-published works of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier—and brought several zines he traded at the event to share with class. Then he introduced the next project: a group zine!

Posted by TAP on November 25, 2014 - 2:24pm

The Modern’s 2014–2015 Teen/Artist Project has begun, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! This year's T/AP program features a line-up of very talented visiting artists, all with interesting takes on the exhibitions the Modern will offer over the year. The first artist the program will work with is the Dallas-based Randy Guthmiller. This is a very special occasion because Randy is both a former T/AP student and intern. It’s great to welcome Randy back to the Modern.

Posted by TAP on November 20, 2014 - 4:09pm

Sadly, this Sunday was the last class of the 2013–2014 Teen/Artist Project. The class started with a surprise pizza delivery. After casually chatting over pizza, the teens were tasked with creating a 24” x 36” painting on canvas. The students’ work could deal with any subject matter that they wanted, and they could apply paint to the canvas in any fashion. Matthew was really interested in giving the students freedom but making sure that they were applying some of the techniques learned in previous classes.

Posted by TAP on November 12, 2014 - 12:05pm

This Sunday, the teens had an opportunity to work with Dallas-based artist Andrew Blanton. Andrew recently earned his MFA in New Media from the University of North Texas and currently teaches at UT Dallas and SMU. Andrew began class with a brief presentation about his work, which he describes as transdisciplinary, meaning that he works in many different fields at the same time. He comes from a family of engineers and was trained in classical percussion.

Posted by TAP on October 30, 2014 - 9:01am

For Mathew Bourbon’s second class with the T/AP, the students were tasked with another painting assignment. The teens’ homework from last class was to bring one visual resource from home—it could be anything they are interested in. Once we spoke about the students’ images, they were given more free time in the galleries to collect information. Limiting themselves to the David Bates exhibition, each student had to choose one element that they liked about his paintings; it could be the color, the marks, the texture, the composition, or any other element that caught their attention.

Posted by TAP on October 30, 2014 - 8:48am


This week, the teens met Matthew Bourbon. Matthew is a painter living in Denton and currently an associate professor of art at the University of North Texas’s College of Visual Arts and Design. As well as being an educator and a fantastic artist, Matthew is also an active art critic, writing for esteemed publications such as, Flash Art, and Artnews, among others.


Posted by TAP on May 14, 2014 - 4:30pm

This Sunday was our last class with Sally Glass. For our project (directly inspired by FOCUS artist Fred Tomaselli’s work Flipper, 2008), students were given a piece of 20 x 30 inch paper that had been prepped during the previous class—each had been painted black, and the overall pattern of the project had been drawn on. Students continued to cut images they felt a connection to from magazines and newspapers. Everyone was given total freedom of source material. Once all of the collage elements were cut out, students applied their selections to their individual sheets of paper.

Posted by TAP on May 14, 2014 - 4:03pm

This Sunday, the teens were back with artist Sally Glass. Class began with a short lecture on artists Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. Goldsworthy uses nature as material to create temporary site-specific sculptures and installations, while Long uses his body to interact with nature in order to create a piece, such as walking back and forth across a field, which then creates a visible pattern on the ground.

Posted by TAP on May 8, 2014 - 4:18pm

This Sunday the students worked with Austin-based artist Jules Buck Jones. In preparation for the class, Jules installed a giant still life in the middle of the studio. The still life was composed of repurposed paintings and sculptures from some of Jules’s previous works configured into a mass that can best be described as a psychedelic jungle. Needless to say, the students were fairly curious about what Jules had planned for the day.

Posted by TAP on May 8, 2014 - 11:10am

Sally began class with a short presentation about mandalas, a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the universe. After a brief introduction to mandalas and their multifaceted religious and political meanings, Sally screened a short film about Tibetan Sand Mandalas, which are ritualistically destroyed after completion to indicate the fleeting nature of the material world.

Posted by TAP on May 8, 2014 - 10:37am

This Sunday we met Sally Glass. Sally holds a BS in Psychology and Philosophy from TCU, and she is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Texas at Dallas and is an artist-in-residence at CentralTrak. With a background in documentary and journalistic photography, Glass began her artistic practice with photographic abstractions and has recently evolved into object-making, sculptural installation, and performance.