This is the 6th and final Textile Tryout! It’s been fun but we are now at the end of our Tuttle-inspired journey! We’ve been weaving and performing, we’ve been outside and in schools!
Our final tryout will be all about textures and painting! We’ll be looking closely at how artists use colour, design, textures, textiles and paint to make amazing artworks. Then you can have a go at making your own masterpiece!
Artists mainly use canvases to create artwork on. Canvas is a strong, hard cloth made from hemp or yarn. It’s normally pulled across a wooden structure and then that’s what artists paint on.
But you could paint on any fabric or material, like cotton or velvet or metal or glass. What else could you paint onto?
Sigmur Polke used resin and acrylic paint on fabric to make the artwork below. Look at his strong mark-making. His paintings combine found printed images with painterly marks on top. What kind of found images could you use to paint on?
Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Triptych), 2002 © The estate of Sigmar Polke/ DACS 2015
Lot of artists don’t use paint brushes to paint with either. Jackson Pollock (his artwork is below) dripped and poured paint over canvas. This meant he was able to work in a free way. He let all his thoughts and feelings out on the canvas.
Jackson Pollock, Yellow Islands, 1952, © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015
This looks like fun! Sometimes artists use lots of different materials to make paintings. Here the artist Niki de Saint Phalle filled bags with paint and then asked people to shoot at them, so the paint exploded everywhere! This type of art was all about chance, you never really knew what it would look like before the end.
Niki de Saint Phalle, Shooting Picture, 1961, © The estate of Niki de Saint Phalle
Then other artists would collage with different types of fabric. This artist made humorous decorated figures like this man below. He even used Meccano in this painting on top of fabric. What everyday objects could you use in your artwork?
Enrico Baj, Fire! Fire! 1963–4, © Enrico Baj
So we have seen the use of canvas and fabric, collage and free-painting (without paintbrushes). Let’s see what happens when we put this all together is this tryout!
What you need:
Paint (I chose 3 acrylic paints)
Extra fabric and materials
Everyday objects (these are going to be used instead of a paintbrush – I picked a toy car, a leaf, corrugated card, a spatula and a washing up brush)
Step 1: Grab all your materials. What would make a good object to spread paint and make interesting marks?
What colours would compliment each others? Or would you like your colours to clash and stand out?
What would be an interesting texture to paint on?
Step 2: Stick your fabrics onto the canvas to make a some interesting layers.
Step 3: Take some inspiration from other abstract artists who make marks and paint on fabrics. Maybe have a look at the artists on Tate Kids. Some favourites are Jackson Pollock, Sarah Morris and Frank Stella.
Step 4: Start painting! What kind of lines can you make with the paint? Can you get inspiration from around you in your house, or in the garden or in your street?
How does it feel to go over the fabric? Can you see the threads in it? Is it easy or hard to paint on?
Build up colours and patterns. Maybe let it dry a little before having another layer of paint. It’s ok to make slippages and spillages.
Step 5: Ta-dah! Your tryout is completed! If it’s a bit messy, that’s ok! Art is all about experimenting and being inspired! Have another go and see where it takes you!
It’s your final chance to have a go! So what are you waiting for?! We want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your artwork via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – (or your parents, guardians and teachers can tweet it at us using #textiletryouts!) and then we will showcase a selection of your artworks here on Tate Kids and you can comment on the artworks made by other children all over the world! We have a few Terms and Conditions that go along with this which we’d recommend having a look at too.
Looking forward to seeing what you create!
Tags: Drawing, Textile Tryouts, craft
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