Today Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station! It’s a really exciting moment and we wanted to celebrate it on Tate Kids with our Top 5 artworks relating to all thing space!
We think art and science go really well together! They both need creativity, innovation and curiosity! We hope you are inspired by the artworks below to make your own space creations!
1. VALENTINA TERESHKOVA
Artists have been inspired by space travel since the 1960s when the first astronauts went to space!
Here is the artist Evelyne Axell in the helmet on her portrait of Valentina Tereshkova. Valentina was the first woman to go in to space (and also the first civilian)! Evelyne’s artwork is political and challenges ideas of power and equality.
She uses a technique called Assemblage, which means she used different materials and objects on her canvas. Here she uses a space helmet and a zip. What else can you make art out of?
2. YURI GAGARIN
Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space, when his spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth in 1961.
The artist, Joe Tilson, was a British Pop artist. He was once a carpenter and made wooden and plastic constructions as well as prints and paintings. He often used children’s toys, bold colours and popular imagery to make his artworks.
To get to space you need a rather large rocket! The Soyuz spacecraft, which Tim Peake will be on, weighs seven tonnes and sits on a 50 metre high rocket! Can you find the rocket in the artwork above?
Eduardo Paolozzi made this screen print. He has collaged lots of different imagery relating to space travel, new technology and the future. Have you made a collage before? What would this artwork look like if it were made today? What imagery would you use to make something about the future?
4. SPACE DUST
What exactly is space dust?! What does it look like? James Rosenquist has had a go at what he thinks it looks like above.
Rosenquist is a painter and one of the leading American Pop artists. He places bizarre or weird imagery together to make his artworks. Like other pop artists, he mainly finds his imagery in adverts. He also uses materials like plastic sheets, mirrors, and neon lights. What kind of art would you make if it was meant to look like space dust?
This is a model made by Naum Gabo. As a sculpture, it was made to move and the neon tube would glow at night so it would look like a floating wave-like form. It would be a great sculpture to celebrate space travel! What monument would you make for astronauts? Maybe you could design it on one of the Tate Kids games!
3, 2, 1…blast off!