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About Self-Portrait Making (CSC266)

Develop your practice and gain new techniques in the art of self-portrait making with this one-day workshop.

What you will learn on this course

Self- portraiture is the original selfie! One of the oldest genres in art history, involving much more than simply capturing the mirrors’ reflection.

The day will begin by looking at how and why artists might create self-portraits, including a to visit MAC’s current exhibition Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood* to look at self-portraits exploring the topic of Motherhood. Through the visit we’ll see self-portraits can be challenging, unflattering and abstract.

Working with mirrors we’ll then breakdown approaches and techniques to self-portraiture and experiment with different art materials to create our own.

This workshop is designed to compliment young peoples’ art practice in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

You’ll learn from a practicing artist and your peers, gaining support from like-minded young people.

*Please note the artworks in Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood address important issues surrounding women’s health and wellbeing including: Nudity, childbirth, (in)fertility, miscarriage, abortion, loss, domestic abuse, adoption, sterilisation and obstetric violence.

Participants on this workshop will be directed to look at specific artworks that are age appropriate for this course, however may see other artworks when in the exhibition. MAC staff will provide support for all participants, before, during and after the visit. You may opt out if you don’t want to see the exhibition.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for children aged 15 to 17 years. It is open to all ability levels and young people don’t need any previous experience. We provide a learning support worker and all our staff are DBS checked. Parents are not expected to accompany children on the course.

The course is accessible for young people of all abilities who can participate in practical art activities. The room is wheelchair accessible. A parent or carer may assist their child if required but must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs.

Age ranges are set carefully to consider key age developments, materials being used, and course stimulus. It is very important that age ranges are not too large or across key stages and therefore need to be adhered to.

Do you need to bring anything?

All course materials and equipment are provided

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs for this course.

Who teaches this course?

Georgia Chapman

Dates and times

  • August