School Portraits Project
Engaging school children and the learning enviroment
More art into schools is one of my passions, and my portrait project certainly delivers.
From the beginning of this project I worked closely with the school; the Head and other teachers choose 7 pupils, who represented each year group, to be painted. I met this group and talked about my work and what the project entailed. I then took photographs to work from as reference for the painted portraits. Back in my studio I began the work, when I was half way through the portraits I took them back into the school to paint live in front of all the children. They were able to see the painting process and ask questions about how I paint, my techniques, how long Ive been painting.
During the painting of all the portraits I recorded timelapse’s and detailed videos of the process, which I have made into a short film about the entire project, please scroll down to watch.
Once all the paintings were finished I returned to the school where I presented the film and all the children saw the finished artwork in the flesh. Again they asked inquisitive and engaging questions.
The 7 portraits have now been installed in the foyer of the school, where they will be exhibited pride of place of many years to come.
If you would like me to deliver this project or talk about a bespoke project tailored to the needs of your educational or community setting please contact me. Similarly if you would like to commission a portrait of your children, family or someone special please