Days Out on a Staycation – London TATE Modern

Tate Modern a splendid building

An amazing day out

Finally we had the opportunity to investigate the inside of The TATE Modern this summer. The interesting architectural exterior meant that the inside had a lot to live up to.

After the obligatory swing on the huge swings outside the TATE building, then the unfortunate but necessary bag search we entered the gallery via the Turbine Hall entrance into the Blavatnik Building. A huge airy space where the kids could run without being reprimanded. We paid the £5 suggested fee and bought the yellow family map for £1 which for a mornings entertainment in London was great value.

Exploring The TATE Modern

We loved exploring all the galleries at the TATE. I found it interesting seeing how modern art has developed over the years. The use of digital media in so many different ways, sounds, lights and moving pictures was amazing. The children were a little overwhelmed at times so we headed towards the more traditional (ironically) modern artists.

We spent some time looking at the amazing pictures in the gallery, and found works by Picasso, Matisse and Miro. We also came across 'The Solemn Process' exhibition by Ana Lupas, which enchanted the children. They were amazed to read that the creation of the sculptures had spanned 50 years and that the original wheat wreaths were encased in tin creating such stunning structures.

Then we entered 'the studio' where we saw pieces by Mark Rothko, Monet, Gerhard Richter and Anish Kapoor’s Ishi’s Light



As you can see, my daughter found a pretty unique way to view Ishi's Light, much to the amusement of the other gallery goers!

Inspiration hits

After seeing so much art, the children were itching to try some out themselves. We headed for the drawing bar, a cool, chilled out space with a bank of interactive screens for people to get creative. Once you have completed your masterpiece you can save it so that it is projected onto the wall above the computer screens. The children enjoyed it so much, they wanted to keep going however we did make sure we gave other children a chance when they wanted a go.

Even Dad had a go

A view from above

When we finally managed to pull the children away from the drawing bar we headed up to the 10th floor to the viewing gallery. The views as expected were phenomenal. The day was beautiful and I even managed to get a decent panoramic shot using my camera; something I usually struggle with.


Inspiration continues

Once we had landed back up north, the children were eager to express themselves and so we had an art morning. They both decided to choose oil pastels and water colours, and using images that they saw at the TATE Modern they had a go at their own interpretations... Ok maybe I couldn't help myself and had a go too! It was great fun exploring the TATE Modern and being inspired to create our own work both digitally and on a more traditional level with paper, paints and pastels.

We hope that you have enjoyed looking at our art work and that you too feel inspired whether you can make it to London or not.

artists at work
artists at work
kids swing

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5 thoughts on “Days Out on a Staycation – London TATE Modern

    Tammy S. Snyder Photography

    (August 1, 2018 - 5:46 pm)

    That sounds, and looks, like an incredibly good time! Perfect for kids! Loved all of your art!


    (August 1, 2018 - 10:40 pm)

    Looks like you had a great day! Have you been to the Tate St Ives? Check out my Cornwall blog here: x


      (August 5, 2018 - 1:52 pm)

      Haven’t been to Cornwall yet! (It’s on our list don’t worry) and we will be sure to check out the TATE St Ives and your blog!


    (August 2, 2018 - 9:20 pm)

    Great post! It’s great that the museum inspired your children and it’s great that you are taking them places like this.
    I wasn’t at the Tate long ago either and the views you get from up there are amazing plus there is a coffee bar! 🙂


    (September 25, 2018 - 9:41 pm)

    I really LOVE the Tate! Only managed to get there a handful of times but if I lived nearer I’d live to visit more often. Glad you enjoyed the experience 😊

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