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Textile Tryout 6: Textured Paint

Posted 9 March 2015 by Kat

Hi guys!

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!

Let’s go!

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

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

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

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

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:
A canvas
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)
Glue

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 – kids@tate.org.uk – (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!

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Textile Tryout 5: Ambiguous Canvas

Posted 3 February 2015 by Kat

Welcome to the 5th Textile Tryout! If you have been living under a rock recently, here’s a catch-up!

Textile Tryouts are a series of activities which you can do at home or in the classroom. They are about textiles, text and the everyday. They explore weaving, performing, painting, drawing, climbing, sticking, writing and cutting!

Let’s get cracking!

This work by Richard Tuttle involves 2 key things: colour and ambiguity!

Richard Tuttle I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language 2014

Richard Tuttle I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language 2014

Colour is so important! It brings art to life and can completely change what you think of it! I wonder why he chose yellow and red? Would it be different if it was green and purple? What do you think?

What do you think it is about? Maybe Tuttle isn’t so sure either! He called it ‘I Don’t Know’ (or The Weave of the Textile Language). The artwork is a bit ambiguous (it is open to more than one meaning). He likes the fact that art can mean lots of different things to different people!

Now have a little look at these paintings by the artist Michael Craig-Martin. They are from a series call the Seven Deadly Sins. See how he has overlaid the letters on top of each other and used really bright colours. It’s kind of hard to see what they say. He has also painted some everyday objects over the letters like chairs and umbrellas. What else can you see?

Michael Craig-Martin, Anger, 2008 © Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin, Anger, 2008 © Michael Craig-Martin

Right, now I’ve got you thinking, to the Tryout!

This Tryout is pretty special because the lovely Year 7 Textile class at Esher Church of England High School in Surrey, were kind enough to be the first to try out this activity and they made some amazing creations! Check them out below!

What you need:

Fabric paints (or fabric pens)
Canvas bag
Card
Paper
Paint brushes and sponges
Scissors

Step 1. Write down as many emotion words as you can think of. Cut these up, put them in a bag and pick one out. Here are some emotions:

Love, Envy, Shame, Rage, Greed, Bored, Joy, Jealous, Hope…..

Step 2. Now it’s time for some word association! When you look at this word. What does it make you think about? Think about an everyday object that is related to this emotion.

For example, for me, these are the everyday objects that I associate with these emotions:

Rage = Zips
Joy = Nail varnish
Love = Books

Step 3. Plan and draw your designs on paper.

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Step 4. Make your stencils.

Step 5. Print and paint on your canvas bag (we put some newspaper in the canvas bag to make sure the colour didn’t bleed to the other side). Paint the word first and then the everyday objects.

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And there you go! You’ve made your Ambiguous Canvas! Here are some of the fantastic designs made by the amazing Year 7s.

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Now its your chance to have a go! We want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your artwork via email – kids@tate.org.uk – (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!

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Textile Tryout 4: Poetry Collage

Posted 21 January 2015 by Kat

Hi there, it’s Sarah here again! Welcome to the fourth Textile Tryout!

In this Textile Tryout we will be busy sewing, collecting words to make a chance poem, and using these things to make a collage.

You don’t need a sewing machine like this one shown in David Hockney’s print to sew, you can also do it by hand.

David Hockney, Woman with a Sewing Machine 1954 © David Hockney

David Hockney, Woman with a Sewing Machine 1954 © David Hockney

The mouse in this illustration by Beatrix Potter is showing you how to thread a needle (through the eye at the top of the needle). This will be useful for our Tryout!

Helen Beatrix Potter, The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle c.1902 c. Tate

Helen Beatrix Potter, The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle c.1902 c. Tate

To get some inspiration to make a chance poem, go for a walk. For example, go for a walk in a park like I did. Make yourself a viewing frame like the one I’m holding below. It is cut out from a piece of card and will help you look at your surroundings like an artist! Through my viewing frame I looked at these trees…

Viewing frame. c Sarah Sanders

Viewing frame. c Sarah Sanders

I wrote down some descriptive words that best described what I saw. For example, I wrote down tongue and eye because the shapes in the trunk of one of the trees reminded me of just that.

Whilst you are out, collect some things like twigs and leaves. You can use them in your collage.

Richard Long enjoys walking and often uses words in his artworks. Look at these words inspired from a 60 minute walk.

Richard Long, 60 Minute Walk 1990 © Richard Long

Richard Long, 60 Minute Walk 1990 © Richard Long

To make a chance poem for your collage, inspired by words you have collected, you could make a little story about your walk like I did. I typed my story on a computer and then printed it out. I then choose my favorite sentence and cut all the words out from that sentence and put them into a bag. I drew a word out from the bag, one by one, and laid them on my collage….

I’m getting ahead of myself! Let’s make the collage!

First steps

Final collage c. Sarah Sanders

Final collage c. Sarah Sanders

Richard Tuttle Two with Any To, #1, 1999 Photo: Tom Powel, courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

Richard Tuttle Two with Any To, #1, 1999
Photo: Tom Powel, courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York

FINAL STEPS

We want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your artwork via email – kids@tate.org.uk – (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.

If you like this tryout, you’ll love our other ones too!

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Textile Tryout 3: Weaving organic

Posted 9 January 2015 by Kat

Hello there and welcome to the 3rd Textile Tryout!

As I’m sure you know by now, the Textile Tryouts are inspired by the art installation in Tate Modern by the artist Richard Tuttle (where you can also take part in some weaving!). Tuttle loves textiles and this tryout will explore textiles and weaving.

If you look at your t-shirt you’ll see thread going up (that’s called the warp) and threads going across (that’s the weft). Pretty silly names, but super important when making materials. Look closely at the warp and weft of the artist François Morellet below.

François Morellet Two Warps and Wefts of Short Lines 0° 90° 1955–6 © DACS, 2014 c. Tate

François Morellet Two Warps and Wefts of Short Lines 0° 90° 1955–6 © DACS, 2014 c. Tate

You forget sometimes that clothes are something we use everyday! We wear them, get them dirty, wash them, and iron them all the time!

Nigel Henderson, Photograph of Jack Parnell with an unidentified woman [c 1949–c 1956] © Nigel Henderson Estate c. Tate

Nigel Henderson, Photograph of Jack Parnell with an unidentified woman [c 1949–c 1956] © Nigel Henderson Estate c. Tate

Have a look and see what people are wearing around you? All the shapes, sizes, designs and patterns. We can make rather boring things, pretty special.

Maybe you have too many clothes like Venus here! How big a pile could you make with all your clothes?

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags 1967,1974 © Michaelangelo Pistoletto c. Tate

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags 1967,1974 © Michaelangelo Pistoletto c. Tate

Your clothes are probably made by a machine called a loom. Maybe like this hand loom below. What a smart looking man with his moustache.

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Saxon Hosiery Weaver at a Handloom 1928–48 © Estate of Albert Renger-Patzsch / DACS 2014 c. Tate

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Saxon Hosiery Weaver at a Handloom 1928–48 © Estate of Albert Renger-Patzsch / DACS 2014 c. Tate

Anyway, to the tryout! We are going to make big organic woven structures (shapes you can find in nature, like shells or seeds) to celebrate textiles and weaving!

Textile Tryout 3: Weaving Organic!

What you need:

  • Chicken Wire (I would recommend getting a thin chicken wire. Its softer and can be molded easily)
  • Scissors
  • Lots of things to weave with: tissue paper, newspaper, felt, cotton, silk, film, magazines, wool, maps, anything!

Step 1: To make a seed shapes structure. Roll out your chicken wire about 2 metres by 2 metres (but you can make a bigger or smaller version and any shape you want). Make a roll out of it and then twist the top and bottom so you get a cylinder. Chicken wire can be a little sharp at the edges so I’d get a grown up to help you out here.

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Chicken wire structure c. Tate

Step 2: Cut all your fabric into strips ready for weaving.

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Lots of fabrics and weaving materials c. Tate

Step 3:  Start to weave your materials into the structure. In and out, in and out.

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Starting the weave with tissue paper c. Tate

Make sure you warp and weft. So that’s some material going up the structure and other material going across.

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Then wefting with felt c. Tate

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Completed artwork! c. Tate

Step 4: Once you have completed your structure celebrate your textile woven masterpiece by placing it or hanging it somewhere interesting!

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Try and take a photo with contrasting backgrounds c. Tate

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Put it in a tree! c. Tate

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Or next to other artwork! 😉 c. Tate

Remember we want to see what you make! Submit pictures of your art work via email – kids@tate.org.uk – (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.

If you like this tryout, you’ll love our other ones too!

Textile Tryout 1: Out into the world

Textile Tryout 2: Wrapping up the impossible

PS: Our artist Sarah Sanders will be back in a few weeks with her next Textile Tryout!

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Textile Tryout 2: Wrapping up the impossible!

Posted 18 November 2014 by Kat

Hi there, it’s Sarah here again! Welcome to the second Textile Tryout! This Textile Tryout is inspired by artworks that use textiles and found objects.

I’ve noticed a lot of textiles around Manchester (where I live) recently, covered over…

buildings…

cars…
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and…what’s under that?
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I enjoy looking at textiles that are draped, hung and stretched over objects because they make new shapes. Artists like Christo and Jeanne-Claude enjoy using textiles in their work too. Look at this enormous artwork called Wrapped Reichstag.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1995 Christo Source: http://christojeanneclaude.net

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, 1971-95. Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 1995 Christo Source: christojeanneclaude.net

The Reichstag building is in Berlin and its under all that cloth!  It took 100,000 square meters of silvery fabric and over fifteen kilometers (about 9 miles!) of blue ropes to wrap this up! The artwork was allowed to stay for two weeks in the summer of 1995. What an incredible sight that must have been!

Here are some other examples of artists using textiles wrapped over objects in their work at Tate.

Richard Tuttle I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language 2014

Richard Tuttle I Don’t Know . The Weave of Textile Language 2014. Source: tate.org.uk

Phyllida Barlow untitled: dock: 5stockadecrates 2014 Photo: Alex Delfanne. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Phyllida Barlow untitled: dock: 5stockadecrates 2014
Photo: Alex Delfanne. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

In my own work I have used textiles and found objects to create strange things too. This artwork uses a pair of tights and an old chair I found with it’s seat missing. I used stretching, pulling and weaving actions to create it.

Artwork by Sarah Sanders, Untitled, found chair and tights, 2007 Photography by © Alan Sams

Sarah Sanders, Untitled, found chair and tights, 2007
Photography by © Alan Sams

In the second activity for the Textile Tryouts, I’m going to show you how to make your own artworks using textiles and found objects. Read on and then try it for yourself!

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Press play to see me making my artwork! I was really happy with my work at the end! Say Cheese!

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I’ve had a go at wrapping the moon! The moon inside is yellow by the way and I have drawn some cranes on it to help me with this impossible task. Hope you like it!

Wrapping up the Moon. A painting of the moon wrapped up, using paint, fabric, ribbon, sequins, glue and green sticky tape.

Wrapping up the Moon. A painting of the moon wrapped up, using paint, fabric, ribbon, sequins, glue and green sticky tape.

Now it’s your turn! Get involved in the second Textile Tryout!

Once you’ve taken a photograph of your performance, object or drawing, we want to see it!

You can email it us on kids@tate.org.uk or get a parent, guardian or teacher to tweet @tate_kids using the #textiletryouts

We will then showcase some of the work here on Tate Kids!

If you have any questions for Sarah or comments about the Textile Tryouts, let us know in the comments below.

Did you miss the first tryout? How could you!? Check it out!

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