Art educator holding picture.

Art educator Jessica Eldenstjärna.

9.4 2020

Create like Siri Derkert

Make your own “carvings in concrete” like the artist Siri Derkert! In the first episode of the series “Create like an artist” we get to follow along with educator Jessica who takes a closer look at Siri Derkert’s art and shares tips and tools on how you can create. You might already have everything you need at home.

You will need

  • Watercolours or acrylic paints. Preferable grey, blue, white or black.
  • Pieces of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • A key
  • A small branch or twig
  • A dinner knife

How to do it

  1. Get a couple of pieces of cardboard
  2. Mix colours together to make an interesting grey or stone colour from the paints you have at home.
  3. Paint the cardboard. Feel free to paint sloppily to create a texture. Let it dry.
  4. Finally, carve an image using, for example, a key or a dinner knife. Notice the difference in the impressions.

Can you create an image using as few lines as possible? Or with lines going in different directions?

Have fun and feel free to share your creations on social media. Tag us @ModernaMuseet and use #VerkstanModernaMuseet.

You can find the video on Moderna Museet’s YouTube channel

Don’t have everything you need at home? In our Shop you can find paints, pens, paintbrushes, paper – most of what you need to create on your own!

The art of Siri Derkert

You are welcome to come and look at Siri Derkert’s work in the collection and visit the Workshop for more creating as soon as the museum is open again.

Perhaps you would also like to have a look at Siri Derkert’s concrete drawings at the Östermalmstorg metro station? It is one of the metro stations closest to the museum.

Siri Derkert, Ristningar i naturbetong, Östermalmstorgs tunnelbanestation, 1961-1965 © Siri Derkert/BUS 2011

Who was Siri Derkert?

Siri Derkert was one of the most prominent Swedish artists of the 20th century. She was famous as an artist with a strong personality and personal style and was the first woman to have her own exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1960.

Read more on the artist: Siri Derkert

Create like an artist – from home!

Come along one of the museum’s educators and get inspired by artists and artworks at Moderna Museet. We will create artworks from things we might already have at home. There is no right or wrong, ugly or beautiful when you are creating. But there is one rule – there are no rules.

Welcome to the Workshop!

In the museum’s YouTube series “Create like an artist” you will receive tips on how you can create your own artworks at home inspired by artists in Moderna Museet’s collection. New episodes are released every Sunday. The episodes are approximately 3–5 min long and are aimed at children between 4 and 9 years old.

Feel free to share your creations on social media. Tag us @ModernaMuseet and use #VerkstanModernaMuseet.

Moderna Museet’s YouTube channel

Published 9 April 2020 · Updated 28 October 2020