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Portraits with a Twist [ 7+ )


[ Children )

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Strike a pose, young artists!

Join us for a fun workshop that brings a modern touch to Gwen John’s portraits! We’ll dive into the world of self-portraits and discover the importance of posing in creating beautiful artwork.

First, we’ll explore the portraits in Gwen John’s exhibition. Then, back in the studio, everyone will get to strike their own unique pose for a photograph. We’ll then work together in pairs to use special materials like acetate, acrylic paints, and colourful pens to create a modern and vibrant self-portrait.

Get ready to reimagine your artwork in this exciting art adventure!

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Timetable for the workshop

11:00 – 11:10 Introductions and welcome
11:10 – 11:30 The group will explore the exhibition, focusing on the poses of sitters in John’s portrait paintings.
11:30 – 12:00 Photographs and drawing activity. Children will take two photos of themselves where they adjust their poses slightly. Whilst the group waits for their photographs, they will work in pairs to create a drawing of their partner, using a sheet of Perspex to trace the key features on their partner’s face. They can continue to swap back and forth, changing coloured pens and slightly altering poses or facial expressions to build an abstracted image of their partner.
12:15 – 12:45 Break
12:45 – 1:45 Children will draw the two photographs onto sheets of acetate and using a mixture acrylic paint and glass paint, they will experiment with paint transparency, layering and mark making.
1:45 – 2:00 The group will come together and talk about the works they have created.


Things to note

We advise you to wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting a bit dirty.

Please provide a packed lunch and drink for your child. There will be a lunch break during the workshop.

We will be taking photographs during the workshop, if you would prefer your child not to be photographed, just let us know.

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Artist bio - Charlotte Cranidge

Charlotte specialises in creating conversational events, creative practical workshops and participatory projects. Within her work she aims to deliver programmes and events that focus on storytelling, playfulness, inquisitiveness and experimentation – asking participants to engage in multiple processes to create their own works.

Presently she partners with cultural, heritage and clinical settings to develop resources and produce creative outcomes collaboratively with communities. Drawing inspiration from unique collections, exhibitions and artworks, Charlotte creates programmes that present an exciting, alternative way of learning, complementing the formal education system and engaging all ages.

As an artist Charlotte’s practice focuses more on the outcomes that emerge from basic materials, adopting non-conventional treatments of materials and aesthetic potential. However, the roots of her practice lie in painting and printmaking – specialisms she frequently returns too.