On Wednesday 3rd October, the Art Scholars visited the National Portrait Gallery in London to partake in a series of special workshops, held for one day only. These workshops were inspired by the Michael Jackson: On the Wall exhibition, which brings together the works of over forty artists who are inspired by the superstar. Our pupils had a guided tour of these responses to both Michael Jackson’s public image and perceived identity in the exhibition, led by fashion photographer Gisela Torres.
The art scholars then took part in two practical activities designed to encourage them to think like an artist by applying newly discovered drawing and painting techniques for themselves, with workshops led by Robin-Lee Hall and Sadie Lee who are both accomplished artists. The pupils enjoyed learning to paint on acetate to create multi-layered portraits and developed skills in representing identity through symbolism and installation.
The scholars were inquisitive, responsive and enthusiastic and the staff at the gallery were hugely impressed by their ideas during discussions about artworks, and in their inventiveness and quality during the practical workshops. We hope to now develop a body of work from this experience which will be displayed at the Festival of Scholars.