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Kids to be first visitors in new Tate Modern

Posted 26 May 2016 by Kat

Tate Kids are super excited as in a few weeks’ time the new Tate Modern is opening!

There will be a massive new building which will hold loads more art, exhibitions and events for you to come and experience.

What’s even better is that the first visitors into the new gallery will be kids!

The day is called A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y. and is the special opening of the new Tate Modern for schools. There will be 3000 primary and secondary school children in the gallery and it’s set to be a really exciting and special day.

Students on an Artist-in-Residence Workshop, 2015 © Adam James

Students on an Artist-in-Residence Workshop, 2015 © Adam James

Tate Kids got the chance to interview a class that are attending the day – year 5 and 6 pupils from Ysgol Tudno in Llandudno, Wales, to get their thoughts on art, the new Tate Modern and the opening day.

Tate Kids: What do you expect to find at Tate Modern?

Mark: Splat paintings, a graffiti-ed wall and pieces of rubbish turned into something brilliant and creative and beautiful.

Dominik: I expect lots of unusual objects hung from the ceiling.

What’s the best bit about art at school?

Aurelia: The best bit about art in school is that that you can be free and be creative and do art in any style you want.

Lucia: We get to go to the art gallery, be creative and let our mind go wild.

Do you think art is important?

Libby: I think art is important because there are some things that you can’t put into words.

Demi-Lee: Art can change the world, art sends us on an adventure.

Maddison: It can represent people, lives and nature. It makes people let their emotions out.

If you imagined a gallery in the future, what do you think it would look like?

Celia: It would have holographic art and art that children have made.

Maddison: Lots of technology, maybe animals and people as art.

Describe what art means to you in 3 words:

Kacie: Creative, imaginative, inspiring.

Josh: Expression, exciting, confident.

Thanks guys! Year 5 and 6 pupils from Ysgol Tudno in Llandudno, Wales c. Tate

Thanks guys! Year 5 and 6 pupils from Ysgol Tudno in Llandudno, Wales c. Tate

Ysgol Tudno was nominated to attend A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y. by MOSTYN, a Plus Tate partner.

A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y. takes place on Thursday 16th June at Tate Modern. From Friday 17th June, the new gallery is open to everyone – so make sure you come along and join in the celebrations!

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Calder Christmas Competition!

Posted 2 December 2015 by Kat

Ho ho ho!

Christmas is less than a month away and Tate Kids is running a very special Christmas competition this year! Be a detective and win a mega Alexander Calder themed Christmas hamper!

This hamper includes an A5 sketchbook, colouring pencils, an acrylic paint set, a Calder Gold Fish Bowl tote bag, a Calder cushion cover, Meet the Circus book AND an Alexander Calder mug (to hold that all-important hot chocolate!)

Christmas at Tate Shop!

It’s Christmas at Tate Shop!

This competition comes to you in 2 parts.

Part 1 – Zoom!

Below is a zoomed in bit of artwork and you have to guess which painting, out of the 3 below, it comes from.

Hand drawn Christmas card by Phyllis Maureen Gotch 1882-1963

A.

Julian Trevelyan, Christmas Card 1935, © The estate of Julian Trevelyan

Julian Trevelyan, Christmas Card 1935, © The estate of Julian Trevelyan

B.

Handmade Christmas card from Kenneth Armitage to Joan Moore inscribed ‘HAPPY CHRISTMAS’ 22 December 1951. © The Kenneth Armitage Foundation

Handmade Christmas card from Kenneth Armitage to Joan Moore inscribed ‘HAPPY CHRISTMAS’ 22 December 1951. © The Kenneth Armitage Foundation

C.

Hand drawn Christmas card date not known. © The estate of Phyllis Maureen Gotch

Hand drawn Christmas card, date not known. © The estate of Phyllis Maureen Gotch

Part 2 – Multiple choice!

Which one is the correct answer?

Alexander Calder was also known as what to his friends?

A. Pandy

B. Sandy

C. Santa

To get involved leave your 2 answers in the comments below with your first name, a contact email and home address.
We won’t publish anything but your first name and answers. We will use your email address to contact you on if you win and your address to send the prizes too.

Make sure you ask permission from your adults before entering. Please enter only once. The deadline is Sunday 13 December at 9pm. All the correct answers will be put into a random draw to pick a winner! All the other Terms and Conditions are here.

Good luck!

Don’t forget, you can visit the Alexander Calder exhibition over the holidays and, as always, its free for under 12s!

Happy Holidays!

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Kids review: Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

Posted 23 November 2015 by Kat

This review was written by Bella, age 11. Let’s see what she thought of the exhibition…

Alexander Calder was an amazing artist who produced pieces of art using wire and other materials. He was born on August 22nd 1898 and died on November 11th 1976. He was an amazing sculptor who made a lot of things, which you can now see in the Tate Modern, London.

It is cool because when you see his amazing work, you can make anything out of it from any angle you look at it from. So now I will share with you my experience at the gallery…

Me at the entrance to the exhibition with Alexander Calder!

Me at the entrance to the exhibition with Alexander Calder!

My heart was pounding, excitement pouring through me. Going to the Alexander Calder exhibition, of course I was feeling excited. As I walked in I wondered what delights were to treat me.

My amazing sister had got an audio guide and sometimes told me to listen.

Eve, 8, listening to the exhibition audio guide.

My sister, Eve, 8, listening to the exhibition audio guide.

First I saw Hercules and Lion

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976), Hercules and Lion 1928, Calder Foundation, New York © 2015 Calder, Foundation, New York / DACS, London

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976), Hercules and Lion, 1928, Calder Foundation, New York
© 2015 Calder, Foundation, New York / DACS, London

At first glance, it appeared to look like a man holding a lady. I moved, and discovered that when you moved to a different angle it looked different and so did its shadow. I found it captivating. That is why it is cool.

My anticipation mounted as I moved to the next piece, Medusa and her shadow hit my gaze, I saw her shadow and when I looked closely I saw snakes on her shadow. Amazing.

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976), Medusa 1931, Wire 310 x 430 x 240 mm, Calder Foundation, New York © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS, London

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976), Medusa 1931, Wire 310 x 430 x 240 mm, Calder Foundation, New York
© 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS, London

Later I saw many pieces, which looked like our solar system. Then I started to think….

Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) , A Universe 1934  Museum of Modern Art, New York © 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS, London

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) , A Universe 1934
Museum of Modern Art, New York
© 2015 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS, London

Being autistic, I find things different from other people. The art that is here is mainly things stuck together, so what if I stuck a ball on a stick? Would it become famous art? Does all art even have a purpose?

The art is beautiful but mysterious, wonderful but strange. Is this good? In my books, it is cool and unique, so yes!

I have described some of the many pieces of art that the new exhibition holds, so go along and check it out for yourself!”

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Great reviews! Thanks so much Bella!

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture is on now and even free for Under 12s! Let us know what you think of Calder’s artwork below!

If you are inspired by Bella’s words and would like to review upcoming Tate exhibitions and events email us on kids@tate.org.uk or get a parent to tweet at us!

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Save Tate Britain’s art with your grandparents!

Posted 1 October 2015 by Kat
The new Tate story on Gingersnap!

The new Tate story on Gingersnap!

Tate Kids and, the app company, Gingersnap have been brewing up something really cool for you and your grandparents….

Here’s the story…

Notorious criminal mastermind Mrs. Molly Arty is planning her next heist. She has an evil scheme in motion to steal a number of artworks from Tate Britain! Thankfully Detective Sheerluck Groans has wind of the plot and, with the help of your grandparent, is out to trap the arch-criminal red-handed.

Sound intriguing? Gingersnap – which, very excitingly, is now available on iTunes – is the brand new app for you and your grandparents to play together wherever you are, whenever you want.

Meet Miss Molly Arty and her plan to steal all the art in Tate Britain!

Meet Miss Molly Arty and her plan to steal all the art in Tate Britain!

Our official Tate Art Heist is a fun new story set in 1907 which uncovers Tate Britain’s paintings and sculptures… all starring your grandparent!

There are games and challenges along the way…and the app is even free! Just check with your parents before you download it, so they can help set you up!

As for Mrs Molly Arty? Your grandparent and Sheerluck Groans will see her off in no time of course!

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HAVE YOUR ART IN TATE ST IVES!!

Posted 5 June 2015 by Kat

Hey guys!

We know you love making art on the Tate Kids Games and we want to celebrate and showcase it!

Who wouldn’t want their artworks on the walls of Tate!?

What’s this all about then?

Our Art in Motion, a kids and families exhibition at Tate St Ives invites you to be inspired to Op art, a key theme in the exhibition, Images Moving Out Onto Space and make your own artwork on the Tate Kids Games.

These are some examples of Op Art below – they are bright, involve lots of shape and lines and make your eyes go a bit funny! More can be found in our What is Op Art? blog post. We’d recommend going to check that out!

Victor Vasarely, Banya, 1964 , © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

Victor Vasarely, Banya, 1964 , © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

Bridget Riley, Fragment 5/8 1965, © Bridget Riley 2014. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London

Bridget Riley, Fragment 5/8 1965, © Bridget Riley 2014. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London

Sol LeWitt [no title] 1982, © The estate of Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt [no title] 1982, © The estate of Sol LeWitt

A selection of your artworks will then be shown on a screen alongside artworks made in workshops throughout the summer at Tate St Ives.

So no matter where you are in the world you can have your artwork in the exhibition! The internet is pretty cool isn’t it?

How do you submit artwork to be in the exhibition??

Easy peasy!

1. Go to Tate Kids games, Tate Paint and/or Street Art.
2. Create an artwork, save it and title it with your first name, which country you live in and the title (first name_country _title). For example Kat_England_OpDog

The deadline is 10pm on Sunday 12 July 2015

We have a few Terms and Conditions, but these are the same as the usual Tate Kids terms and conditions.

That’s it! We can’t wait to see what you make!

If you have any questions, just ask in the comments below!

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