Paint a portrait at the easel
You need: paper, tape, liquid paint (we use tempera), brushes and water.
Join Pernilla Stalfelt, art educator at Moderna Museet, and explore easel painting outdoors. We are inspired by portraits and take a closer look at art in the Museum. During the livestream, you can chat to Pernilla and others who are watching.
Painting outdoors is great. You don’t need a studio. With an easel you can use special techniques in your painting. Paint a portrait of your parents or a friend. Or why not paint a self-portrait from memory. Maybe you can use a photo and paint a person based on what you see? And feel free to paint whatever you want. The important thing is to have fun with colours, and perhaps make several paintings.
You need: Pencils, rubber, drawing paper, pastels, crayons or felt-tip pens, a mirror.
Make a self-portrait inspired by Sigrid Hjertén and Ragnar Sandberg. Their paintings are like selfies, even though they were made long ago. Both artists made bright pictures, and were very free in their use of colour.
Together, we study ourselves in the mirror and then play with colour. What shape is your chin? How big is your forehead in relation to your chin? Is your neck broader than your forehead? Before you start, think about what to wear for your self-portrait. The colour of your clothes affects the result. You can also paint your clothes in an imaginary colour. If you like yellow, give yourself yellow clothes in the portrait. Maybe you want a red scarf, or a pair of beautiful earrings, a necklace, a hat or a beanie.
Outside your window
You need: Paint brushes, paper, watercolours, something to put your paper on and a jar of water.
We look out the window and paint the view, inspired by Sigrid Hjertén. Hjertén had a studio at Slussen in Stockholm. From her window, she could see buildings, boats, people and other things that she painted in all sorts of colours.
Now, we will look out through our windows and paint what we see. Maybe a tree, a street, or a lamppost. What colour is the sky? Are there any people? Use colours to describe how you feel!
My favourite animal
You need: Paper, pencil, rubber, smartphone camera, felt-tip pens or watercolours.
Paint a picture of yourself with your favourite animal, inspired by Marc Chagall. Where Chagall grew up, the streets were full of people and animals. He painted a man with a goat. They seem to like each other, and both of them have beards.
Together, we will paint ourselves with our favourite animal. It can be a pet, a cuddly toy, or a fantasy creature. It’s hard to get animals to sit still so you can draw them – so you could ask someone to take a picture of you with your animal. Or maybe you already have a photo of you and your pet? You can also paint from your imagination. You know sort of what you and your animal look like.
Alberto Giacometti – Clay and Wire
You need: clay, wire, a staple gun, pliers and a piece of wood or strong cardboard.
Make your own sculpture out of clay and wire, inspired by Alberto Giacometti. His sculpture “Invisible Object” is made of plaster and stands around 1.5 metres tall. The figure gazes intently into empty space. Its mouth is gaping. One eye has a wheel for a pupil, and the other is more like a flower.
But the hands are probably what Giacometti wanted us to focus on. They are finely-shaped and seem to hold something tenderly. What is the figure holding? It doesn’t seem to weigh much. It could be round. Is it another human being, an invisible child? Or perhaps a feeling. Can you hold a feeling?
Lygia Clark – Paper sculpture
You need: tape, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, a bowl of water, recycled cardboard boxes and clean milk cartons.
Make your own sculpture inspired by Lygia Clark’s paper sculpture “Matchbox”. Lygia Clark wanted people who look at the work to interact with her art. She was interested in how the inside and outside of human beings or objects interact. How can art affect someone inside? And what is the difference between inside and outside? Maybe they’re the same.
The work “Matchbox” is made of matchboxes that are glued together and painted red. The sculpture is quite small, about the size of a grapefruit. Some boxes are open, others shut. Like little chambers or atriums. A human heart also has atriums, which open and close to pump the blood through our bodies. The heart is a vital organ and it also holds our strongest feelings. Could this sculpture be about the body?
Robert Rauschenberg – Assemblages or sculptural collages
You will need: a wood board of any size, glue, acrylic paint, old newspapers, scissors and old things that you want to include in your sculpture (broken toys, disposable cutlery, fabric or anything that can be glued to the board).
Make a sculpture inspired by Robert Rauschenberg’s goat! His sculpture is called “The Goat”, but its real name is “Monogram”. Robert Rauschenberg painted and made sculptures.
He discovered that you can make a work of art that is both sculpture and painting at the same time. He used ordinary things he found in rubbish dumps or bins, like light bulbs, old cushions, newspaper cuttings, a clock, a pram wheel, a Coke bottle, a funnel, or old clothes. Often, he would start with a wood board and glue stuff onto it and paint it all. The result was interesting to look at.
Looking for art material?
The Shop has everything you need to make your own creations.
A live-streamed creative workshop on Facebook
3 March 2021: Self-portraits
4 March 2021: Outside your window
5 March 2021: My favourite animal
7 April 2021: Alberto Giacometti
8 April 2021: Lygia Clark
9 April 2021: Robert Rauschenberg
Time: at 14.00
Duration: approximately 20 minutes
Language: in Swedish
Age: for all ages
Place: watch the live-stream on Moderna Museets’s Facebook page or watch afterwards on Moderna Museet’s YouTube channel