Tate Liverpool Workshop

From Tropical Landscapes to Colour Fields Exploring Abstract Painting Through Nature

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed) 2016–17

Vivian Suter, Nisyros (Vivian’s bed) 2016–17 © Courtesy of the artist and Karma International, Zurich and Los Angeles; Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; House of Gaga, Mexico City; and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

Explore colour, gesture and mark-making in this practical art course

Led by Artist Educator Maria Tavares, this 8-week course will explore the work of Vivian Suter. Her colourful paintings and drawings hang in our ground floor Wolfson Gallery and are inspired by the tropical landscape of Guatemala.

Through a series of practical hands-on exercises, you will learn about the visual language of abstract painting using colour, gesture and mark-making. Develop original abstract ideas, from simple starting points, using a variety of painting materials. Experiment with freer and more expressive materials, form and composition. Join in with our discussions about how artists create their work and how art can say something about our lives and communities.

All levels and abilities welcome.

Participants in a workshop

Participants Mary, Pauline and Annie at a workshop © Maria Tavares 2018


Maria Tavares is a Liverpool-based artist and art teacher. She qualified as a teacher at the University of Central Lancashire and has exhibited around the world, including FACT in Liverpool, The Brazilian Society of Visual Arts in Sao Paulo and Art Basel in Switzerland.

Tate Liverpool

Clore Learning Centre

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Liverpool L3 4BB
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Every Tuesday between 11 February - 24 March