Lucy Burscough

‘Reflections’ at Blessed Thomas Holford School, Altrincham

In School Projects on 12/06/2013 at 13:54

I was recently invited to work with a group of sixth form students from Blessed Thomas Holford School in Altrincham. The theme of the project was ‘Reflection’ and the we approached it by looking at portraiture. The group was a very small and talented cohort of just three students so we had plenty of time to look closely at the background to some of my pieces together with the work some of my favourite portrait painters before embarking on creating our own large scale portraits.

The students played with their own reflections and contemplated what the fragmenting and distorting of a subjects’s reflection might covey when it is translated into a painting.

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The students cropped and digitally manipulated their images before learning how to use the grid technique to scale up their images onto large canvases. The group spent a lot of time and effort into making their paintings and that showed in the finished pieces. The results were really powerful images and successful works of art. They were given the prestige and applause they deserved when the paintings went on to be shown at the Local Creation Gallery in Altrincham.

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It was great fun and a pleasure to work with the staff and students at Blessed Thomas Holford School. Good luck with your ongoing studies and creative futures!

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