Within this three-day project, participants explored the themes of Ben Uri Gallery's "Looking In" exhibition of contemporary photography, utilising a range of contemporary education practices involving games, activities and discussions. Participants were able to create their own artworks in response to the themes of the exhibition, working with a number of techniques including drawing, photography, costume making and collage.
Read on to find out what we got up to...
Participants began to explore the themes of identity within the exhibition by taking part in a number of games and activities. This session focused on 'Costume and Disguise', with participants considering what 'dress and appearance' mean in society. The session resulted in participants creating their own disguises, wearing the costumes outside in public, in order to explore how it might feel to ‘stand out’.
Participants explored the themes of the exhibition further, this time focusing on the significance 'Objects' within the photographic works. They explored the symbolism of objects through a variety of activities including bringing in significant objects of their own, making objects out of modelling clay and then creating their own symbolic portraits using collage.
Participants photographed objects, and considered abstract portraiture
On the final day participants reviewed what they had learnt about the exhibition throughout the duration of the project, addressing the question ‘What is a portrait?’. Using their knowledge of the exhibition themes, they created their own ‘self-portrait’, choosing from a range of materials to produce a final, considered piece of work.
Kitty's Self Portrait explored identity through social media
If you'd like to read more about our Summer School, click here to be taken to Learning intern, Esther's blog about the activities.