Free workshops with The Courtauld Young People’s Programme
Suitable for ages 16-18
Join art historian Fran Herrick, artist Alex Blum, and curator Karen Serres online to investigate the colourful and expressive self-portraits of Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Find out why they are so important in the story of art, as well as being very famous. We will define what we mean by a ‘self-portrait’ through lively group discussion, art history research and practical drawing activities.
The myth of Van Gogh today is linked as much to his extraordinary life as it is to his paintings. This workshop will allow both aspects to be explored. Experiment with Vincent van Gogh’s sophisticated mark-making in his famous Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear (1889), one of the most famous works in The Courtauld’s collection, and create your own self-portrait.
You will need the following materials: 4 sheets of white A4 paper; a pencil (4b if possible, but an ordinary HB pencil is fine too); Table top or A4 hardback book to lean on when drawing; pencil sharpener; eraser and a small mirror. You can also use your phone if you don’t have one, but you will be able to see more clearly in a mirror.
Our Van Gogh: Exploring Self workshop will take place online on Wednesday 15th February 2023 and will be led by The Courtauld’s fantastic gallery educators team. Booking is essential due to popular demand.
Join us for one of our Insights Into Art History workshops taking place throughout the Spring term 2023. Each Insights Into Art History workshop will allow attendees to explore different themes, artworks and practises, developing their understanding of Art History.