Charline visits Tate Modern

September 12, 2017



SketchBetter Scholarship winner Charline and CEO Kate Andrews went to the Tate Modern in London during August. This was Charline's very first trip to the gallery and to celebrate she's written her own review of the day. Last month we announced Charline as our very first SketchBetter scholarship awardee, giving this young carer and budding artist 12 months unlimited access to our classes and courses and the opportunity to visit galleries and exhibitions. Here's Charline's first review.


Visiting the Tate Modern: My Review 



On Thursday, 10th August 2017, I went to Kate Modern. No, sorry Tate Modern! In the Tate Modern, there are lots of art exhibitions, but we focused on two, which were the Alberto Giacometti and Fahrelnissa Zeid exhibitions. I went to Tate Modern because I won a scholarship with SketchBetter, which means I can go to SketchBetter’s art studio at Alexandra School whenever l want and explore other artists’ work to inspire me and learn about various techniques. Part of my scholarship is to report about what I do and learn to inspire all the young artists out there… like you!


Giacometti Exhibition


Alberto Giacometti was a very skilled painter and sculptor. He created sculptures that were very thin and mostly isolated – I mean that they were standing alone without any background to support them. That’s what he would create most of the time but besides that he created other sculptures of confusing, non-existing things as well as paintings of (sometimes ...uh oh!... naked) ladies and men.


If I had a chance to make something like Alberto, I would make sculptures. What I most liked about Giacometti what that when he started painting something, no one could make out what he was painting but when he was nearer to finishing, you could make out what he was drawing. When it was finished, it didn’t look real, although it became clear if you looked from a distance.


He used so many different materials too: Bronze, Plaster, Clay, Marble, Terracotta, Wood, Metal, Steel and Plastiline (like clay). He also used pencil, oil paints, ink and ball pen in some of his artwork. If I made a sculpture like Alberto Giacometti, I would make it out of different materials like: one leg, plaster; other leg, wood; one arm, felt; other arm, fabric; head, clay; body, metal; hair, cotton wool. I would start with a wire to shape my figure and then I would dress the wire-figure with the materials listed above.


There was so much to see in that exhibition that I felt very tired at the end. To finish off, we watched a clip of what Alberto did and I was like a robot: one second I had energy but the next I didn’t! Here's a video about the exhibition.



For lunch Kate and I went to the Tate Café. My helpful mum had already packed me a delicious lunch but I was cheeky and ate not only my lunch but also a BIG triple chocolate cake, half a bottle of apple juice, half a bottle of pear and blackberry juice and a packet of crisps (thank you, Kate!). It was SO yummy! Yum, Yum, Yum! What? Young artists need loads of energy, you know!


Over lunch, we chatted lots about the exhibition and which things were our favourites. I LOVED the "Spoon Woman" and Kate liked the "Tete de Diego". It was also fun to teach Kate French!


Fahrelnissa Zeid Exhibition


After lunch, we went to the newly built Blavatnik building to see Zeid's exhibition. Fahrelnissa Zeid was an abstract painter. Lots of her paintings were HUGE. I mean it. If you saw it, it was larger than an elephant. Maybe even two!


Zeid drew lots of microscopic shapes and squeezed them together to make a beautiful painting. She didn’t title two of her paintings because she thought they wouldn’t be exhibited, which was great because it gave ME a chance to name them (which was fun!). Sadly, her family were killed and that changed her artwork. After that happened, she painted fantastic pictures of her friends and family.