Coloured Rhythms: Experiments in Abstraction

8 Jun 2015 – 13 Jul 2015

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£150, £100 concessions

Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 45, 63, 100, 344, 381, RV1
  • Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
  • Train: London Bridge

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This practical six week course takes inspiration from Tate Modern’s exhibition of the influential avant-garde artist Sonia Delaunay and her vibrant abstract compositions and designs. Explore and play with colour and form to create your own series of vibrant abstract art works.


Beginning with your sketch book, your own developed motifs are translated into larger scale works from fabric and wall paper designs to improvised costumes.

Delaunay’s extensive body of work is noted for it’s dynamic use of strong colour and rhythmical geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textiles, fashion design, stage design and beyond. She is also known for her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.

Following Delaunay, you have the opportunity to work with diverse media: collage, printing, painting, mixed media, wall based works and 3D paper constructions. Over the course of six weeks your artistic language is developed through creating small and large scale works in both two and three dimensions, working individually and collaboratively to produce a diverse body of your own vibrant artworks from intimate sketch book studies to impressive wall hangings.

On the final day of the course a small exhibition of your work in the studio takes place to which you can invite family and friends.

No technical knowledge is required and all levels of ability welcome. Materials are provided and ticket price includes entry to the exhibition on several sessions. Led by artist Sarah Sparkes.


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