42 thoughts on “Art Assignment Marathon | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios”

  1. This was a really awesome video! I live in a flood prone area in Texas, and am off of school today due to severe thunderstorms this morning. You've inspired me to do an Art Assignment of my own today, and I think it might just have something to do with my own local river.

  2. I loved this! I really want to make some fake flyers, college campuses are a great place for easter eggs like that.

    I go home to Cleveland many summers, and have swam in an overwarm lake erie that was a bacterial risk. Going into that water was a special experience haha.

  3. Seeing that river that runs through so much of the city yet does not have any kind of 'waterfront' is really odd. I'm going to guess that it's not all that uncommon in the US, where so many towns were established long after (non-navigable) rivers ceased to be major factors of life? In Europe, cities are much more likely to date back to times when rivers were incredibly important sources of (more-or-less) potable water, fish and later mechanical power so even non-navigable rivers tend to feature much more prominently in city layouts.

  4. I should do this. I started out watching these videos with the intention of going through each one and doing all of the assignments. But I hit a roadblock with the first assignment when no one would agree to meet me in the middle except a good friend who lives in Denmark and who I haven't seen in years. We agreed to meet one day in the middle, which would be a small, remote town in Russia Even though we didn't physically meet, we kind of mentally met in the middle, because we both thought about a small Russian town in between Denmark and Japan that we otherwise would never have thought about an the assignment allowed me to talk to a friend who I haven't seen in a while and I was reminded how she's the kind of person who would go on adventures with me and even promise to meet me one day in a small Russian village for no other reason then that I wanted to make art and I thought it sounded like a good idea. People who travel a lot meet so many wonderful people around the world. but we're doomed to never have all of the people whom we care about in one space or even one country. Distance and time make me treasure my momentary experiences with these people, but it makes each new move a kind of tragedy, the potential death of a friendship in many ways.

    But, anyway, because we didn't physically do the assignment, I felt bad and I gave up. That was about 2.5 years ago when I first came to Japan (I think…memory has a way of distorting itself, so it might have been 1 year ago).

    Now, I might try again. I wanted to catch up, do all of the assignments, and then people able to do the assignments right after you posted them so that I could be a part of the community and have the support of the community, but now I content just doing the assignments for myself. Now, will I actually do them without the incentive of a group to talk about it, maybe.

    Maybe if one of the assignments is about grading hundreds of essays, then I'd be able to do it now. Maybe you could do an assignment about throwing hundreds of essays out of a window and watching them blow in the wind and into the rice fields, enjoying that small moment of freedom and rebellion before everyone blows a gasket. That would be highly satisfying, but I imagine it would make future Michelle really really angry at me and I've already done enough to piss off future Michelle, like writing this long reply instead of getting ready for work or writing a reply to someone who has been waiting for me to reply to him for 2 weeks, but I just can't think of what to say. Sigh, poor future Michelle. I'm sorry for all the bad things I'll do to you…

  5. This was really fun to watch and good inspiration for doing the art assignments, or other projects. I also really liked the fun cameos!

  6. Last still had such aesthetic haha :)) i don't know if john's facebwas being ironic or he really felt that way. Matchy outfits! this vid makes me want to be able to hold a stock photo book in my physical hands..

  7. When the river that ran through Hartford got too stinky & floody (factory, human, AND pig farm waste), they called in the Army Corps of Engineers to bury it. Bury. It. Maybe you're lucky your city can turn its back…

  8. I really liked this. I feel like I should probably try to tackle another quick assignment, although I do have one I'm working on for vidcon :p

  9. This was everything I love about this series. But I can't believe you convinced John to put bare skin into the river!

  10. I'm so grateful for this series! This content really matters to me. It causes me to consider my world in new ways. What an incredible gift that is!
    Thank you!

  11. Yay! Art marathon!
    I was in awe for the last one. It takes a powerful woman to convince John to stand in a 'poopy' river. Lol! Amazing.

  12. Rosianna o/ Did I see right and she did something space themed? 😀 Also: the astronaut. I laughed a little because that was so typical <3

  13. That must have been so challanging for John! it's awesome you guys did the assignment together. What a great way to experience the environment around you.

  14. Just going to point out that it was very brave of John, who suffers from OCD and hypochondria, to get in that water. Good job John!!! 🙂

  15. Very cool video! And I'm so proud of John for going in that water considering all the fears of illness that he talks about on Dear Hank & John.

  16. i really enjoyed this. i know this was a marathon and a vlog, but i really feel like the video could have been 12 or 15 minutes long; i would have liked to spend more time with each of your assignments and your thought processes and reactions. i think in these side videos and with this audience you have the license to not tetris a video together, but to give it more space and calmness.

  17. I've had the same idea! I want to do a marathon quite badly, so I need to get some of my Dutch nerdfighter friends to join me.

  18. I make art from whatever I get free. I love watching these videos. Castles from cardboard. Floral displays from paper. So much neat stuff around.

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