The Art Assignment

Join the Art Assignment community for projects with great American contemporary artists.


  • The Definition of Art

    What is art? How do we define art?
  • Art That Was Never Finished

    John Green shares some of his favorite unfinished artworks.
  • Make a Cut-Out with Cécile McLorin Salvant

    She shares an art assignment on creating your own Theme and Variation Cut-Out.
  • Art Made in Adversity

    Allison Smith shares her thoughts and books about art made in adverse circumstances.
  • Art That Brings Me Comfort

    What art that brings you comfort right now?
  • Creativity is Overrated

    You don't need to be creative or inspired to make art.
  • What This Painting Tells Us About Frida Kahlo

    We take a close look at her painting The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas).
  • What Makes a Masterpiece?

    What do we mean when we call an artwork a MASTERPIECE? Who decides which art becomes one?


  • Five Favorite Works of Art with Mike Rugnetta

    This week Mike Rugnetta joins us to share five of his favorite works of art.
  • Self Shape - Tschabalala Self

    If you were a shape, what shape would you be?
  • The Case for Ai Weiwei

    Who is Ai Weiwei? And why is he considered one of the most renowned artists of our time?
  • Combinatory Play - Pablo Helguera

    This week we meet Pablo Helguera, an artist, museum educator, and writer.
  • The Case for Performance Art

    Dubious of performance art? There’s a reason.
  • Vanessa Hill of BrainCraft

    We interview the remarkable Vanessa Hill, creator of BrainCraft.
  • Exquisite Corpse - Hugo Crosthwaite

    This week we bring you an assignment from Hugo Crosthwaite.
  • Embarrassing Object Empathy

    This week we share some of your excellent responses to two past assignments.

About The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Green. We take you around the U.S. to meet working artists and solicit assignments from them that we can all complete. For more, subscribe to The Art Assignment on YouTube: