The 17th century French philosopher René Descartes believed that wonder is the first, most basic, of people’s passions (today we might call the passions ‘emotions’). Descartes also believed wonder is the base from which all learning starts. Many scientists and mathematicians still believe this. Wonder leads to new knowledge; wonder leads to searches for discoveries. Wonder might be the start of something new. What do you think? What about wonder and art? I wonder, what would happen if artists stopped … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Michelle Stuart’s answers to the children’s questions. How does it feel to be an artist? Being creative is a gift that you give yourself and the the gift is forever fulfilling. Did you always want to be an artist? I always … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley, near Liverpool. The children we met had fun playing visual perception games, talking about wonder and imagination, and they drew pictures of themselves without looking. They covered their paper and hands with their jumpers, and the results were amazing. You could try this at home and in the classroom! Classroom & Gallery Resources Artist educator Antony Hall has created these resources that include the fantastic … Continue reading this article

The wonder of looking at art When something catches your attention, you might become delighted or perhaps puzzled. You might stop to think about what you see because it stands out. Perhaps what you see is unfamiliar to you, and you begin to wonder. When you look at a work of art you have never seen before, you might wonder about what you are seeing and experiencing. We wanted to know what children like you thought about some of the … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Annelies Štrba’s answers to the children’s questions. What is your inspiration for taking photographs? My inspirations are memories, dreams, stories, my fantasy and also my daughters and granddaughter, who are my most often motivs. I would like to express … Continue reading this article

We went to Hope Primary, St Aloysius Catholic Primary and Westvale Primary schools in Knowsley and Liverpool to find out what children like you thought about some of the artists in the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Here are Samantha Sweeting’s answers to the children’s questions. What is your inspiration for your work? I am interested in the cycles of life and death and the repetitive nature of storytelling, explored through myth, memory, dreams and fairytales. I am … Continue reading this article