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DIY CHRISTMAS: Lolly stick sledge decorations

Posted 20 December 2016 by Kat

It’s the festive season. It’s cold outside. It’s time to get crafty!

Use all your saved up lolly sticks and make yourself a tiny 3D sledge! Just follow these really easy steps!

What you need:
Lolly pop sticks
PVA glue
Pegs
Paint and paintbrushes
String/ribbon

Step 1.

Glue 4 lolly pop sticks together. Keep them together by using pegs and leave to dry. Make the base of the sledge using 3 lolly pop sticks.

 

Step 2.

Check out some of the artworks on Tate Kids and take inspiration by some of the amazing artworks in the Tate Collection!

I chose some paintings to base my designs on, such as this Bridget RileyJackson Pollock, and Joan Miró!

Step 3.

After the paint has dried, glue in 2 other lolly pop sticks to make your sledge 3D! Keep these upright with more pegs and leave to dry.

Step 4.

Loop string or ribbon around the top of the sledge and hang up!

Feeling inspired? If you make your own sledge or any of your own Christmas crafts, we’d love to see them! Send us your pictures by emailing: kids@tate.org.uk, sharing them on My Gallery, or get a grown up to tweet @tate_kids!

Happy Holidays!

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TOP 5 RIDICULOUS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Posted 5 December 2016 by Kat

We all get those terrible Christmas presents. From that itchy sick-green scarf knitted by your Gran to that 500-paged book on fishing that you are never going to read. Just me then…?

Well, how about ridiculous presents? Fancy having the artworks below wrapped up under the tree, waiting for you on Christmas morning?

1. David Batchelor, I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me

6 coloured rectangles on wheels. What more could you ask for? They would make excellent sledges! The artist David Batchelor loves colour and explores it in lots of different ways. Have you thought about colour? Really thought about colour? Batchelor thinks about colour in the city. Next time you are on a walk, have a look around you. What colours can you see? Are there any rectangles of colours?

David Batchelor, I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me, 8 2002–7 © David Batchelor c. Tate

David Batchelor, I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me, 8 2002–7 c. Tate © David Batchelor

2. Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor

Ew! That isn’t very pretty! I wonder how this could even be wrapped up?

The artist Lynda Benglis, made this slippy looking sculpture out of lead and steel! I wonder what it feels like. Benglis makes this look soft and sloppy while actually being really hard. Clever!

Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975 c. Tate

Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975 c. Tate

3. Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds

What are you going to do with all those seeds? Plant them? Well actually that wouldn’t be that useful as these ‘seeds’ are actually made out of porcelain! Each ‘seed’ was individually made by hand! That’s a lot of work!

Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds 2010 c. Tate

Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds 2010 c. Tate

4. Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided)

Yes, they are real cows! Hope you like it! I think it would look great in your bathroom! Damian Hirst thinks a lot about death and religious imagery. What do you think these cows are about?

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided), exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993) c. Tate

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided), exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993) c. Tate

5. Do Ho Suh Staircase-III

Yes, that’s a red staircase hanging in your living room. Wow!

This staircase is a copy of Do Ho Suh’s staircase in his flat. Does it look the same as the stairs in your house or at school?

Do Ho Suh’s art shows us different types of spaces. What happens on stairs? You’re either going up or down them. Where are you going? What if you stopped half way down the stairs? Where would you be?

Do Ho Suh Staircase-III 2010 c. Tate

Do Ho Suh Staircase-III 2010 c. Tate

All these art works would make great gifts even if they would be a little silly to wrap up!

What’s the silliest present you have received?
Is there anything in the Tate collection that you would love to find under your tree?
What ridiculous Christmas present would you love to give? Let me know in the comments below!

I wouldn’t mind one of these for me and my friends…! 😉

Simon Starling, Five-Man Pedersen (Prototype No.1) 2003 c. Tate

Simon Starling, Five-Man Pedersen (Prototype No.1) 2003 c. Tate

Happy Holidays guys!

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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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