A black and white drawing/etching of a woman lying back on the bed holding he separated legs apart

About Self-Portrait Weekender (ASC56)

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

What you will learn on this course

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

The weekend will begin by looking at how and why artists might create self-portraits, including a to visit MAC’s current exhibition in 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 utilise a variety of different mediums to create our own. Unlock new levels of creativity by relearning familiar and new mediums.

Over the course of the weekend you’ll have time to refine your work and create a number of pieces.

*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.

Your artist tutor will provide support before, during and after the exhibition visit. You may opt out if you don’t want to see the exhibition.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to adults 18+. It is open to all ability levels with no prior experience of writing required.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. A personal assistant or companion must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

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?

Kotryna Brazynskaite

Image credit: Paula Rego, Untitled 2, 1999, Courtesy Cristea Roberts Gallery

Dates and times

  • September – September