There were 19 people at our first meeting in September!
We looked at examples of portraits by several different artists. We had to try to work out which ones we thought were self-portraits (what clues were there? Could we be sure?) …and which were painted by the same artist. To members' surprise six were by Picasso. We found that, during his long life, the Spanish artist developed many ways of painting. One was very quick - it seemed to have been painted in about ten minutes. There were two drawn portraits that looked much more detailed than the oil paintings.
Our second meeting involved the whole class. Everyone had just finished painting, so they knew what they were talking about! We talked some more about portraits and the many ways an artist can reveal that the models look like, and some of their character or personality. Some of the artists' choices of colour (for example, a moody dark blue, or golden yellow) helps to create a certain mood.
Next meeting: the topic is chosen by Amena and is ABSTRACT painting