Schools: Face to Face – Portrait workshops
7 Mar - 24 Mar 2017
Schools: Face to Face – Portrait workshops

This creative workshop focuses on developing drawing and observational skills, and is strongly aligned with the drawing, paint and colour strand of the visual arts curriculum.

To start the session, you will explore our portrait gallery with artist Jole Bortoli who will give you time to look at and respond to the artworks as well as sharing some of her expert knowledge about portraiture. You will then draw your own self-portrait using charcoal, just like Brian Maguire, before using paint to create a portrait of another child in the group.

During the workshop, you will look at many different artistic approaches to drawing and painting portraits: realistic or abstract, following precise guide lines and proportions or painting freely without thinking too much. From Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso, Jole will help you to discover how artists throughout the centuries have used a diverse range of angles, styles and colours in the amazing selections of artistic ‘selfies’ they have left behind to inspire us.

This creative workshop focuses on developing drawing and observational skills, and is strongly aligned with the drawing, paint and colour strand of the visual arts curriculum. It is also provides a good opportunity to explore aspects of the Myself and Others strands of the SPHE curriculum.

About Jole Bortoli Back to Top

Jole Bortoli has been collaborating with The Ark since its opening in 1995, first working as a graphic designer creating The Ark’s brand and designing the logos and all brochures up to 2003. After facilitating her first major visual art programme for The Ark, A Flood of Colours, Jole gave up graphic design to work full time with children and adults in the arts. She has collaborated with The Ark on many exciting projects and innovative long-term pilot programmes.