Insights Into Art History

Van Gogh | Exploring Self

Free Young People's Workshop

Free online workshop with The Courtauld Young People’s Programme
Suitable for ages 16-18

What is a self-portrait? How do artists reveal their identity through self-portraiture?

Join art historian Fran Herrick, artist Alex Blum, and curator Karen Serres online to celebrate our The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Van Gogh. Self-Portraits and 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.

Please note: this event has passed. Links to further reading and resources can be found below.

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