S has been learning about portraits at school and so we decided to visit the National Portriat Gallery in London.
We did a family trail as suggested on their website which the boys thoroughly enjoyed.
We spent a lot of time discussing each portrait – who might be in it, where they were, how they were positioned etc, in preparation of making a photographic portrait of our family on our return.
Here the boys are discussing some of the paintings.
|“The Fourdrinier Family” Attributed to John Downman, circa 1786|
|“The Capel Family” by Cornelius Johnson, circa 1640|
We marked off what we had seen on the map and covered a good range of styles and eras.
The boys had a go at making their own portraits using the materials the gallery provided.
“It has two noses and green skin mummy” commented S. “Really?” I replied.
And here is where S got his inspiration from!
|“Allen Jones” by Allen Jones 1959-1960|
S continued his drawing in the restaurant at lunch time, “It’s a chef”.
“this is it’s bottom” S shows me, pointing to the 2 round circles – inspiration from drawing the Matisse sculptures in France.
And our finished family photo portrait – including Pudding the cat.
S positioned us all- he was very keen to stand leaning against something, like he had seen in the “The Fourdrinier Family” portrait.