New course on self portraiture

Art In Mind has been at Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury during the past six weeks looking at self portraiture.

The self portrait, even more so than the portrait, is primarily a product of memory and imagination.  

Taking this on board we took a whistle stop tour of the history of self portraits in order to think about how we might reproduce our own self portrait.  What aspect of ourselves might we wish to present to the world?

During our six sessions we experimented with mixing paint colours, cut up magazines to produce very individual portraits which we drew, explored the museum to find an object to include with our self portrait in order to give the viewer a further clue into our world and practised the technique of papier mache.

‘I have been to a couple of courses here and it has given me the confidence to try different mediums.’

Museums are inspiring places to make art.  They provide a rich, shared local heritage full of stories and objects that we can connect with which in turn makes us feel more connected to others.

‘An absorbing and productive session … such a lovely atmosphere and such an outpouring of creativity.  It is lovely to be part of it all.’

painted head photographed in gallery at GH

Painted self portrait with mixed media portrait photographed in the gallery at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

These amazing self portraits are the result of some very talented individuals.  If you would like to join us in the summer please click on the course dates to find out where and when and how to book a place.

painted papier mache head by Eamonn - photographed in garden at GH

Painted papier mache self portrait by Eamonn, photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

papier mache head by Collette Harrop - photographed in the garden at GH

Papier mache self portrait by Collette Harrop photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

papier mache head with painted paper flowers by Kirsty Sandford - photographed in garden at GH

Papier mache self portrait with painted paper flowers by Kirsty Sandford, photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

mixed media self protrait by Jason Croft - photographed in garden at GH

Mixed media self portrait by Jason Croft, photographed in the garden at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury

About Juliet Lockhart

Juliet Lockhart is an artist, educator and writer working predominately in fabric, paper and with found objects. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Literature and Creative Writing. The focus of her work is story. She is interested in folk and fairy tales, the stories hidden beneath our landscape entwined with personal memory, history and happenings and the stories that shape us into who we are. She is the founder and artistic director of a Suffolk charity, Lockarts. Lockarts uses the power of the creative process to make a real difference to people’s lives in Suffolk; inspiring and empowering them to explore, develop and grow. To find out more about the work of the charity click here: www.lockarts.org.uk
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