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Exploring and playing with colours and shapes

Juliette Barthélemy, from the Public, Mediation Projects, and Students Department at the Palais de Beaux-Arts de Lille, invites you to discover a piece by Sonia Delaunay.

As you explore this work, let your imagination run wild and make connections with the colours and shapes of nature. You will then create an abstract composition by tracing objects that you have on hand and then adding whatever colours you want.

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Type
Video

Public
Neuroatypics, family, general
Although designed for people with autism, this activity is suitable for all groups. Adult assistance is recommended.

Duration
8 minutes

Our Natural World - FRAME project

Grounded in art therapy and well-being, this initiative grew out of the COVID-19 pandemic and is a response to a call for proposals from FRAME (FRench American Museum Exchange), a network of 32 French and North American museums.

Take a good look at this painting by artist Sonia Delaunay. What do you see? What do these shapes and colours make you think of? Waves on a lake? An airplane propeller? A funny owl? A rainbow seen through a kaleidoscope?

What do you think this piece represents? Could it represent the sounds of nature? Do you find that the colours seem like different textures?

Sonia Delaunay, born Sophie Stern or Sara Illinichtna Stern, Odessa (Ukraine) 1885-1979 (Paris), Rythme couleur no. 1076, 1939, oil on canvas, 154 X 158 cm. Collection: Centre national des arts plastiques / Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris, on loan to the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

In this abstract work, the artist wanted to represent what it’s like to play with shapes and colours. She enjoyed the energy, sensations and rhythm evoked by her paintings.

Now it's your turn to play with the shapes and colours of life.

For this activity, you will need to collect objects inside or outside your home and get a large sheet of paper, pencil crayons, and oil or dry pastels. Are you ready? Let's go!

Sonia Delaunay, born Sophie Stern or Sara Illinichtna Stern, Odessa (Ukraine) 1885-1979 (Paris), Rythme couleur no. 1076, 1939, oil on canvas, 154 X 158 cm. Collection: Centre national des arts plastiques / Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris, on loan to the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

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