Earlier this week, we attended the October Gallery for a portrait workshop to help us with our own Frida Khalo inspired portraits, which we’ll be creating after half term.
After spending some time analysing the works of art on display in the exhibition, we sat down to discuss the background of the artists involved, their messages and how their culture might influence their artwork.
We then had the opportunity to draw portraits of each other. We separated into pairs and took turns to pose for each other. Staying as still as possible for ten minutes wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be! We created second versions of our portraits using black paper and, inspired by Frida Khalo’s portraits of herself in two different styles depicting the two different cultures she identified with, we combined our portraits in imaginative ways. The aim was to create contrasting versions of the same person within the same work of art and we created some brilliant masterpieces! You’ll see some wonderful creations in the pictures below.
We had an excellent time at the October Gallery and we extend our thanks to the artists who prepared and ran the workshop for us!