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NEW! Tate Family Experience this summer!

Posted 31 July 2014 by Kat

We are very excited to launch our new audio guide especially for kids and families visiting Tate Modern! You’ll be put right in the middle of the action as you explore the gallery through three adventures that will get you thinking about art in lots of different ways!

Our new Family Experience guide c Tate

Our new Family Experience guide c. Tate

In ‘My Teacher is an Alien’, brother and sister Bob and Barbara have to finish a school project with a difference – you could say it’s out of this world…

My Teacher is an Alien c. Tate

My Teacher is an Alien c. Tate

…In Writer’s Block, best-selling author Sonia Scrape, has a different problem – she’s run out of ideas for her scary books; you’re her only hope!

Scream Scream Scream c. Tate

Writers Block: Scream Scream Scream c. Tate

But for your first adventure, you will be joining the Memory Retrieval Team! A code RED emergency, your mission, if you choose to accept it – is to enter the Artist’s Brain…

Mission Enter the Artist's Brain c. Tate

Mission: Enter the Artist’s Brain c. Tate

Working together with your family, you’ll be playing games, sharing ideas, and creating stories, and of course, looking at some amazing art! To find out how to hire a guide check out our website.

This experience has been designed for families with kids aged 7 – 11, but younger or older kids may enjoy it too!

Remember, art can be whatever you want it to be, not just what the gallery tells you it is! So get creative and find some pieces in the Tate that inspire you this summer!

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School’s out for summer!

Posted 23 July 2014 by Kat

There’s so much going on at Tate this summer! Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives are jam packed with activities, so we thought we’d make this handy guide to all things Tate! You can go on a quest through sculpture, follow an amazing sonic trail and become a great artist like Matisse and Mondrian. This holiday discover some fantastic art and make some wonderful creations of your own to take home with you.

Tate Modern

The object is an actor
Clore Learning Centre
Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during holidays, 11am–4pm
Drop into our Matisse-inspired drawing studio and choose the actors to feature in your still-life drawings.

Colour Workshop. c. Tate, Lucy Dawkins

Colour Workshop. c. Tate, Lucy Dawkins

This morning I woke up from the most amazing dream…
McAulay Gallery
Open daily from 24 July–7 September 2014
Step into an exciting dream-like space of ever-changing light, sound, moving images and sculpture.

Colour is a liberation
Families Welcome Room
Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during holidays, 11am–4pm
Explore the emotions of colour, go colour-mining throughout the galleries and report your own colour investigations.

Colour is a liberation at Tate Modern

Colour is a liberation at Tate Modern. c. Tate, Lucy Dawkins

Matisse Family Day
Turbine Hall and Clore Learning Centre
Saturday 9 August, 12-4pm
Join artists and musicians for a fun family day of exploring Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs through music, colour mining and still-life drawing.

Tate Britain

Work Hands – Open Studio
Clore Centre
Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during holidays, 11am–4pm
Take part in a colourful activity inspired by patchwork and ceilidh-calling, using the walls, floors and windows.

Tate Daily Activities and Trails © Ian Kingsnorth

Tate Daily Activities and Trails
© Ian Kingsnorth

Families Welcome Area
Clore Learning Centre
Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during holidays, 11am–4pm
Drop in to our Families Welcome Area to pick up activities to take on your visit through the galleries.

Curiosities: a sonic trail for British Folk Art
Pick up a trail in the Clore Learning Centre
Thursdays, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during holidays

Tate St Ives

Beach Art Explorers
Tuesdays during August, 10.30am–12pm and 2-3.30pm. £4.50
Explore the beach, get inspired and create your own artwork in these fun, hands-on workshops.

Beach Art Explorers at Tate St Ives

Beach Art Explorers at Tate St Ives c. Tate

Activity Trails and Gallery Resources
Available daily. From 50p

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Quest
Thursdays only during August, 11.30am–12.15pm and 2-2.45pm
Join in for a hands-on exploration of the museum and sculpture garden.

Sculpture quest at the Barbara Hepworth Museum © Ian Kingsnorth

Sculpture quest at the Barbara Hepworth Museum
© Ian Kingsnorth

Pick-up trails
Available daily. £2.50

Tate Liverpool

My colourful pop-up world
Art Dock Studio
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 20 – 30 August, 1.30-4.30pm
Also Monday 25 August, 1.30–4.30pm
Make your own coloured lens viewfinder to explore a technicolour world.

But does it float?
Art Dock Studio
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
6 – 16 August, 1.30pm-4.30pm
Slide, roll, dribble, draw, doodle and design to make your own beautiful floating sculpture.

Making sculpture at Tate Liverpool ©Tate

Making sculpture at Tate Liverpool ©Tate

Art Dock
Art Dock Studio
Daily activities throughout summer

Rocket backpack
Pick up from reception
Available daily

Psssst! Great news! All activities are free and drop in (unless it says so above) AND all our exhibitions are free for under 12s too!

What’s your favourite thing to do in the holidays? Will you be making a trip to an art gallery near you? If you can’t make it to Tate, then why not check out Tate Create activities, make your own great works of art at home and upload them to My Gallery – we’d love to see them!

Happy Summertime everyone!

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Competition time! Win our new Noisy Neighbours app!

Posted 22 July 2014 by Kat

Hello everyone!

We are very excited because we have just launched our brilliant new app, ‘Noisy Neighbours’.

Noisy Neighbours app

Noisy Neighbours app

Meet Sid the snail is search for some peace and quiet in his noisy garden. Journey along with him and meet some chirping sparrows, singing foxes, and buzzing bees. You can even fill the garden with your own creations, by drawing new characters and recording sounds for them.

We have a competition to win the Noisy Neighbours app!

If you’re a budding photography and love nature take a picture of the wildlife in your garden and either:

Email it to kids@tate.org.uk with your name, contact details and a description of the photograph or
Get a grown up to tweet it to @tate_kids and tag it with the hashtag #noisytate and write what it is a picture of. 

We will then put all the entries into a hat and will then pick 3 of them to get a free app each! If a grown up submits your photograph via Twitter we will direct message them with instructions about how to get the app, if you win.

So whether it’s a picture of your fluffy cat in the grass or a beautiful butterfly on a sunflower send us your pictures to see if you can win!

We are looking forward to receiving your entries! Good luck!

Now here’s something for your adults to read: 
Prize is a free download of the Noisy Neighbours app from the App Store on iTunes (3 available to win). The competition is open from 15th July 2014 until 4th August 2014. Entries must be received by midnight on 4th August 2014. The competition is organised by Tate Digital and Tate Publishing. The prize is as described and there is no cash alternative. No other expenses are included as part of the prize. Only one entry per person is permitted. Photographs must be taken by children between 5 – 12 years old. The competition is not open to employees of Tate or Tate Enterprises Limited. Tate reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage if deemed necessary

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Who is…Kazimir Malevich?

Posted 16 July 2014 by Kat

Meet Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), a Russian artist whose radical artwork tells one of the most important stories in modern art. 

Kazimir Malevich Self Portrait 1908-1910  © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Kazimir Malevich Self Portrait 1908-1910 © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

He started his life as an artist painting Russian landscapes, farming and religious scenes. He lived during the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

Kazimir Malevich Harvesting Study for a painting, 1928-1929 © State Russian Museum St Petersburg

Kazimir Malevich Harvesting Study for a painting, 1928-1929 © State Russian Museum St Petersburg

He invented a style of art called Suprematism, a visual language of simple shapes and colours. He used squares, circles and rectangles and only used a few colours to make his artwork. Suprematism was about seeing and feeling art in a new way. Just because he used a few colours and shapes, doesn’t mean his art is impersonal or cold. The trace of the artist’s brush strokes are visible in the paint and the slight change of colour on the canvas.

Dynamic Suprematism 1915 or 1916 by Kazimir Malevich 1879-1935

Kazimeir Malevich, Dynamic Suprematism 1915 or 1916

Don’t you think that the shapes above look like they are floating or falling? Why do you think he did this?

His most famous piece was the Black Square.

Kazimir Malevich Black Square 1913  © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Kazimir Malevich Black Square 1913 © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

By reducing painting to a simple shape and a single colour, Malevich removed all the things art had always been about (such as animals, people, food and landscapes). That was why it was so radical at the time! Black Square became one of the most important works of modern art. It was so special that the painting was revealed to the world after months of secrecy and was hidden again for almost 50 years!

Kazimir Malevich Suprematism 1915 © State Russian Museum, St Petersburg

Kazimir Malevich Suprematism 1915 © State Russian Museum, St Petersburg

Malevich’s colourful abstract art still inspires and puzzles people today. So, what do you think? What do you feel when you look at the Black Square? Why not make your own Malevich-inspired artwork using the Tate Kids painting Games?

Malevich is open at Tate Modern from 16 July until 26 October 2014. Under 12s go free!

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Tate Kids meets Folk Art: Round up

Posted 9 July 2014 by Kat

Last weekend Tate Kids were involved in the Folk Art Makers Weekend at Tate Britain. In the morning we had families come in and play on the great Tate Kids games in the Digital Studio. We were inspired by the British Folk Art exhibition and made some great creations using Spin, Air Brush and Street Art.

Nessie

Thinking about storytelling and myths, Olivia and Natasha drew a stripey Nessie.

Smiling Sun

Looking at the trade signs, Niko, aged 6, created a very bright Smiling Sun. 

Later on in the day, young makers made patches using e-textiles with artist, Emilie Giles from codasign.

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There are lots of collages, patchworks and textiles in the exhibition and we used these artworks as inspiration to make our own digital patches. We thought about our favourite hobbies and the stories we could tell on our patches. Everyone made excellent unique artworks!

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Final patch

We even got to make music with circuit boards and bananas!

Bananaa

It was a very exciting day as it was the first time using our Digital Studio for kids and families, and we got some great feedback! We will hopefully be running more events like this in the Digital Studio in the future, so keep an eye out! To find out more about what’s going on at all the Tate galleries, visit our family events page.

Maybe this has inspired you to make your own patchwork? What story would you tell?

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