Tate Kids



Make Your Mark

Tate Modern

The Idea

Bruce Nauman is a contemporary American artist who works in a variety of ways including sculpture, video, photography, neon, drawing and performance. In Raw Materials he created a collage of sound using 22 audio files. In the activity, people worked in pairs to show how the sounds made them feel, either through dancing and movement or through watching the dancer and drawing the movement seen.


The Plan

Work with a partner to create drawings and pictures in two ways by listening to music or sounds. One person can make pictures through body movement which show how the music/sound makes them feel. The other can draw the body movements they see on paper in a way that shows how the movements make them feel.


You Need

  • A partner.
  • Music or sounds on CD or radio.
  • Headphones to block out sound.
  • Paper and pencils.

Do it!

  • Decide who will dance (Person A) and who will draw (Person B) first.
  • Person B puts on headphones to block out the music or sounds being played.
  • Person A acts out the way the music/sounds makes him/her feel by either dancing, simply moving about or even miming.
  • Person B watches and draws the movements on paper, making a map of Person A’s actions.
  • The partners change over and repeat the process so Person A becomes Person B and vice versa.
  • The partners share their motion drawings with each other and talk about:
    • 1. how the music made them feel when they were dancing.
    • 2. how their partner’s movement made them feel when they were watching.
    • 3. how the lines drawn describe the movements made in the dance.

Top Tips

  • When you are dancing/moving try to show through your movements how the music or sound makes you feel.
  • When you are watching and drawing your partner’s movements what kind of marks can you use to show the movements and how they make you feel? Think of lines, curves, dots etc.
  • What words describe the kind of movements and drawings the sounds have inspired you to make?
  • You might also like to try this activity outside where you can hear natural or man-made sounds instead.

This activity was invented by Ben (23) and Maya (21), Raw Canvas team members, inspired by Bruce Nauman. For more information on Raw Canvas check out http://www.tate.org.uk/youngtate

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